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EAST LANSING, Mich. — With a significant winter storm expected to make its way to Michigan this weekend, East Lansing residents are encouraged to be prepared for the potential of power outages, dangerous travel conditions and downed power lines and trees. The forecast for mid-Michigan is currently indicating that there will be heavy winds, snow and significant accumulations of ice and sleet in the area, with the timing of the worst conditions spanning from daybreak on Saturday, Jan. 11 to daybreak on Sunday, Jan. 12.With that in mind, City officials have met to discuss and prepare for weekend operations and will be closely monitoring the storm throughout the weekend. City crews will be out to address road conditions as needed, which could include clearing/salting roads, removing downed trees from roadways (when it is safe to) and coning/taping off areas where there are downed power lines. It is important to note that salt has limited effect on thick ice buildup and that crews are unable to remove downed trees that are touching downed power lines until utility and/or private companies are able to come in and make repairs. If the roads become impassable due to thick ice and downed trees/power lines, an emergency declaration may be made, which could include the suspension of on-street parking and/or the suspension of all travel. Program cancellations and City facility closures may also be necessary. Residents should keep the following important things in mind:
City officials will be closely monitoring the storm throughout the weekend and will provide additional updates to the community as they become necessary. View the City's winter weather closures and cancellations.