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After massive snowstorm, the Lansing area shovels and plows its way out (and sleds a little, too)

Snow day in East Lansing
Posted at 7:29 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 20:02:41-05

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The winter storm has passed, leaving around 8 inches of fresh snow and causing some schools in the Greater Lansing area to close for the day.

Temperatures in the area stayed around 17 degrees Tuesday with a real feel of -5 degrees for most of the day but at MacDonald Middle School, parents and kids took some time to enjoy the sun and lots of fresh snow.

“We got to meet some new people and hang out with a couple of friends here, it’s just an amazing time overall,” Zachary Barker said.

Parents were in on the fun too.

“I think today’s snow day makes everyone feel like a kid at heart,” Alane Laws-Barker said.

But snow days also mean snow removal. For many Lansing residents, the day was spent shoveling and hoping the plow wouldn’t skip their street.

Mayor Andy Schor has announced the launch of an improved GPS snow plow map that will tell Lansing residents the status of both main and secondary streets.

The map refreshes every 15 minutes showing users where plows are, which direction they’re heading, and whether or not the roads are passable.

“I am excited that we have been able to get this service up and running for this major snow event. We will continue to refine the map for future snow events to make it as user-friendly as possible,” Schor said in a statement Tuesday.

Wednesday’s forecast is looking mostly sunny, with a high near 22 and wind chill values as low as -17. Some light snowfall could hit late Wednesday night.

Mikayla Temple

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