Detroit Evening Report: Winter storm warning prompts school closures, emergency preparations

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Communities across Metro Detroit are preparing for a snowstorm promising extremely low temperatures, high winds and several inches of snow.

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The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday morning. Weather experts expect up to 6 inches of snow with winds as high as 50 mph. The weather service warns that blowing snow can reduce visibility to less than half a mile and both driving and air travel will be impacted. Flash freeze conditions will affect some parts of the region tonight and wind chills drop as low as -20 degrees at times Friday and Saturday.

School closures on Friday

Schools throughout the area have already announced they will be closed Friday. Detroit Public Schools and most city charter schools will be closed. Most schools are expected to cancel classes Friday. The City of Detroit is providing overnight shelter to residents who need to escape the cold at the Farwell Recreation Center on East Outer Drive and the Patton Recreation Center on Woodmere. Both will offer shelter from 8 a.m. Friday through 8 a.m. Monday.

Shelter and warming shelters

Detroit will partner with Cass Community Social Services at 11850 Woodrow Wilson and Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, with locations at 11037  Mack Avenue and 3535 Third Avenue, to provide shelters and warming centers. Anyone in need of shelter can go to those locations.

Those seeking shelter or warming center placement can call 313-305-0311 during work hours. Veterans seeking shelter can go to the John Dingell VA Hospital at 4646 John R.

All residents are asked to stay indoors if possible, and to prepare for power outages.  Extreme weather is also a time to be especially mindful of seniors living alone and pets.

Humans and animals risk hypothermia and frostbite during extremely cold weather.

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.