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April 13, 2018 5:50 pm
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The four-day storm event that is bearing down on The Great Lakes is going to hit Michigan in waves.

Right now, ice storms creating dangerous travel conditions and prolonged power outages are the primary concerns.

The National Weather Service and Michigan State Police both are urging residents to prepare for what could be extreme weather conditions in pockets of the state.

“The time to prepare is now before the precipitation really begins to fall. It is really going to be quite nasty out there,” the National Weather Service said in a forecast update Friday afternoon.

The storm is expected to bring heavy snow to parts of the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Michigan. A band of ice accumulation, high winds and sleet is expected in mid-Michigan, arriving later Saturday and into Sunday. Rain, possibly heavy at times, is expected in southern Lower Michigan.

The area that could get ice may shift farther south, including Grand Rapids, Lansing and Flint, but NWS meteorologists caution this will be a dynamic storm, needing frequent forecast updates.

In parts of Michigan expecting snow and ice, the NWS is warning people not to travel on the roads unless necessary as we get into Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

“Travel will likely become very hazardous, perhaps impossible at times when and where heaviest snow/ice accumulates. If you must travel, prepare an emergency kit for your vehicle,” the NWS said.

The Michigan State Police on Friday asked residents to be prepared. They want people to make sure their cell phones are charged, evaluate whether they really need to be on the roads, and to allow more time for travel if they do.

“The protection of public health and safety is our primary concern,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, deputy state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “We continue to monitor weather conditions and remain in contact with local emergency management coordinators to provide assistance as needed.”

Motorists cam check travel conditions at ww.michigan.gov/roadconditions.