Winds, fresh snow, cold temperatures contribute to dozens of crashes in Michigan


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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Windy weather, a fresh coating of snow and cold temperatures are combining to create hazardous driving conditions and dozens of crashes around Michigan.

The National Weather Service says 7 more inches of snow fell Wednesday night and Thursday morning in northeastern Kent County. Temperatures at 1 p.m. range from 9 at Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula to 29 at Ypsilanti in southeastern lower Michigan.

State police say troopers at the Detroit Metro Post handled 137 crashes in the 36 hours ending at noon Thursday. Lt. Michael Shaw says there were no deaths of serious injuries.

Allegan County authorities say an autopsy shows that a man found out in the cold Saturday died of hypothermia and acute intoxication.

The Grand Rapids Press says Michael Long was resuscitated but died Monday.

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