Icy, snowy commute slows drivers as frigid temps continue

Snow and ice-covered roads are blamed for numerous crashes around Michigan as many schools across the state are closed due to the wintry weather.

In the metro Detroit area, dozens of elementary, middle and high schools closed Friday in several counties. Some districts that shut for the day included Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Saginaw. Some Kalamazoo-area schools were closed Friday for the third consecutive day.

LINK: Click here to see the list of local school closings. 

Icy and snowy roads earlier were blamed for four traffic deaths in the Lower Peninsula. Two students from the LakeVille Community Schools were killed in a crash Thursday near Flint. Elsewhere, two men were killed when drivers lost control of their cars and struck them Wednesday in northern Michigan.

LINK: Click here for local traffic conditions. 

Just about everyone in the metro Detroit area fell within the forecast of 2-4" of snow, and spots like Auburns Hills saw the upper limit, getting just over 3". Light snow remains in the morning forecast and transitions to flurries later in the afternoon. 

The high winds that we expect on Friday (SW 15-25 mph) will also cause some blowing and drifting snow. so keep an eye out for that. High temps will be near 15 with a wind chill near -5.

Friday night will be absolutely frigid with overnight lows near -1 and a wind chill around -15.  Flurries are possible as well.

LINK: Click here for the full FOX 2 Weather Authority Forecast. 

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