Snowstorm pushes across much of Michigan, making driving hazardous, up to 14 inches expected


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This is the Weather Underground forecast for Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 for the central region of the U.S. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)

DETROIT — A storm that's expected to bring up to 14 inches of snow is pushing across most of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, making roads hazardous and leading dozens of communities to declare winter weather emergencies.

Expressways in metropolitan Detroit were slippery Sunday, with numerous spinout crashes and most traffic moving slowly along the rutted lanes.

The storm is stranding thousands of air travelers, with at least 177 departing flights cancelled and many more delayed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

The National Weather Service says that snow was falling Sunday afternoon in most of lower Michigan. It predicts totals reaching 10-14 inches through Monday in the Jackson area, 9-14 inches in Lenawee and Monroe counties, and 9-13 inches in Calhoun, Ingham, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Temperatures are expected to plunge after the storm passes.

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