Wintry weather makes way into Michigan; snow, winds and cold expected through weekend

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MARQUETTE, Michigan — Wintry weather has made its way into Michigan, bringing hazardous driving conditions in the Upper Peninsula and predictions of weekend snow across the state.

State police say cold, snowy weather moved into northern Michigan including Marquette County on Thursday, creating treacherous driving conditions on U.S. highway 41 and elsewhere. There were at least two dozen crashes, with nine vehicles crashing in Ely Township.

Winds gusting up to 45 mph are expected to reduce visibility as up to 3 inches of fresh snow falls Friday.

In the Lower Peninsula, winter storm watches are in effect from Friday night into Sunday with 5 to 8 inches of snow forecast in the western portion of the state. The heaviest snow is expected Saturday. The Detroit area could see several inches of snow.

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