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Snowfall totals climb and roads are treacherous

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Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press
Published 11:08 a.m. ET Feb. 10, 2018 | Updated 3:00 p.m. ET Feb. 10, 2018

A winter storm slamming the Midwest from Chicago to Detroit has swept drivers up in a flurry.

Michigan cities are seeing snowfall totals climb toward record highs Saturday and the state’s Department of Transportation said it is still witnessing a number of crashes and road closures. 

The snow total for Detroit was 9.2 inches at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, according to Jordan Dale, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service White Lake Office.

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Chicago experienced light snow Saturday, which will continue into Sunday with 1 to 3 inches.

Friday’s storm dumped 6 inches across the city but over the last 24 hours, suburbs bordering Chicago got hit much worse. Several communities saw from 10 to 13 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service in Chicago.

The storm caused many school closings Friday, dozens of crashes and at least 1,000 flights cancellations.

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As of Friday, Detroit’s season snow total was up to 50.4 inches, according to Dale. Based on NWS records going back to 1874, this season now sits at 4th in terms of highest snow accumulation totals in the city’s history. 

In the last 24 hours, online snowfall reports from the NWS said most communities across Michigan pulled in average totals of either 4-6 inches or 6-8 inches.

Southwest Michigan communities got hit the hardest Friday with some cities seeing up to 15 inches. 

The storm in Michigan caused at least two deaths Friday, authorities said, while closing schools and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

Crashes snarled highways across southern Michigan, with one person killed when a semitrailer struck the rear of a car stopped in traffic on U.S. 23 near Flint, police said.

A Michigan State Police trooper was hospitalized after a pickup truck lost control and slammed into his stopped squad on Interstate 94 northeast of Detroit. A pileup on the same highway just east of Kalamazoo in southwestern Michigan collected 38 vehicles, including 16 semitrailers, in the eastbound lanes Friday afternoon, causing minor injuries.

Contributing: Associated Press

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