GENESEE COUNTY – Heavy snowfall with the possibility of strong winds and drifting prompted schools, government and many businesses to close today.
A winter storm warning which began at 4 a.m. and is expected to continue until midnight, with the National Weather Service predicting 6 to 9 inches of snow. Please be advised strong winds and drifting are highly anticipated. Authorities are asking people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.
Due to the emergency snow conditions impacting the state of Michigan, all state government offices in the Lower Peninsula were closed at 10 a.m.
“This is about keeping all Michiganders safe,” said Gov. Whitmer. “All motorists are encouraged to stay off of the roads. If you must be out, please drive safely in these dangerous weather conditions and be respectful of road crews working to clear snow and ice.”
All nonessential state employees whose work location is located in the Lower Peninsula were sent home at 10 a.m. to allow emergency crews to clear the roads. Certain offices will remain open for critical functions only.
State employees with questions about whether their work functions are deemed critical should contact their supervisor.
The State Emergency Operations Center will remain open to monitor storm conditions.
All offices are expected to reopen on Tuesday (Jan. 29) for regular business hours.
Residents and employees should check www.michigan.gov for updates.
Joshua Freeman, board and capital projects coordinator for the Genesee County Board of Commissioners, said all non-essential services were to close and employees were sent home at 12 p.m.
Freeman cited “current inclement weather and deteriorating road conditions” as the reason all non-essential functions and buildings of Genesee County were closed, Monday. – G.G.