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Mid-Michigan digs out after winter storm

Blizzard buries east coast landmarks under bed of snow
Posted at 7:43 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 11:52:13-05

LANSING, Mich. — Lansing is under a winter storm advisory until Tuesday afternoon as heavy snowfall and freezing rain sweep through mid-Michigan.

Although there were only flurries throughout the day on Monday, the Lansing area could get several inches of snow overnight.

Maintenance crews worked hard Monday to prepare streets for the snowfall. Almost 20 trucks equipped with brine, an anti-icing solution, were dispatched to the Lansing area, according to Michigan Department of Transportation director of communications Jeff Cranson.

Jabari Sapp has lived in Lansing for five years. He says big winter storms call for a little neighborly support.

“At 4 or 5 in the morning, I go out with the shovel, and, if I have some extra salt, I go out with the salt and dig people out that get stuck,” he said.

Most people avoid traveling during winter storms, but for those who can’t, Capital Region International Airport is making sure its runway is “safe, clear, and ready to go," said marketing manager Spencer Flynn.

He urged passengers to check the weather in the destination they’re going to. Flynn says inclement weather at other airports can affect flights.

“If we have a storm system moving in from the west across Chicago and you’re trying to go to Chicago, it may be perfect here for a takeoff, but if there’s nowhere to land, you’re not going to go anywhere,” he said.

Another round of snow could blast Lansing on Thursday and Friday, but temperatures should inch higher by the weekend.

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12:23 PM, Jan 12, 2021

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