winter

Sarah Pechtel is General Curator at Potter Park Zoo.
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Some people love the cold and some just aren’t built for it… and the same goes for the animal kingdom. WKAR’s Katie Cook stopped by Potter Park Zoo last week to see which animals are thriving in winter, and which ones want nothing to do with it.

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Several mid-Michigan public schools will be closed on Friday, January 5 because of forecasted bitter cold temperatures.  Click here for the list.

Breslin Center
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A broken pipe sent water pouring from the ceiling near an entrance to Michigan State University's Breslin Center basketball arena.

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UPDATED at 7:15 p.m.: The U.S. Coast Guard says ice-breaking ships have freed two vessels that were stuck in the St. Marys River.

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For those planning to go snowmobile riding during the holiday week, be advised that some Michigan trail segments are closed.

homeless shelter
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Subzero temperatures are expected in Mid-Michigan over the next 24 hours, so the region’s largest homeless shelter is preparing to house more people than usual. 

 


clock tower and moon
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The human body’s circadian rhythm – our inner clock -- regulates our sleep cycle, digestion and temperature.  All those functions can be heavily impacted by sunlight.  In the winter, people who live in the more northerly latitudes like Michigan sometimes feel a bit unhappy when the skies grow dark.  The condition is aptly named SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder.

 


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Crashes involving about three dozen vehicles have closed part of westbound Interstate 94 in southwestern Michigan.

Expect Snow, Not Ice On Great Lakes This Winter

Dec 4, 2017
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Over the past two winters, the Great Lakes have had a below-average ice cover. And that's expected to continue this year. 

Spartan Stadium in winter
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Enjoy Monday’s warm weather because Michigan will change over to winter in less than 48 hours!  National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Mead says an arctic blast is coming and it will be here for a while.


Green snowplow lights photo
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The Michigan Department of Transportation is gearing up for winter. Preparations include getting snow plows ready to hit the roads and highways of the state. Keeping roadways as clear as possible is crucial, but so is the safety of plow drivers and motorists. This year, the preparations include an important new safety feature.


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Michigan ski resort officials expect weather conditions should make for a strong skiing season.

Fickle weather forces MI ski resorts to adapt

Feb 16, 2017
Snow making machine at ski area
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Temperatures are forecast to reach the 50’s in much of Michigan over the next week.

Skiers and snow boarders might be excused for not planning an outing.

Dan Coles has studied the snow ski industry at Michigan State University.                     

“We’re seeing less regular winter patterns in our weather," he says.  "It makes it more difficult to rely on.”

He says more Michigan operators today deliberately offer more than skiing.

“You know, you can visit the spa," he says.  "You can visit some of their other attractions.”

man standing near vegetables
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

We may be going through a mild patch now, but Michigan winters can be pretty fierce.  Sometimes it’s a little challenging picking up your favorite locally grown food.

But our ag industry doesn’t just stop cold when the snow flies.  Winter farmers’ markets are on the rise.

 


Vintage MDOT newsreel is a window on winters past

Feb 17, 2016
Winter Comes to Michigan photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Department of Transportation

A 1930’s era newsreel that nostalgically captures the work that went into keeping the state’s main roads free of snow more than seventy years ago has been rediscovered in a basement in the Upper Peninsula town of Newberry. We learn more about how popular it’s become from MDOT spokesman Dan Weingarten.


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