Detroit Evening Report: Dangerously low temperatures, high winds, snow impact Detroit

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The Detroit River starting to freeze over.

Detroiters are dealing with extreme winter weather now through Saturday morning.

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Snow, high winds and intense cold have combined to make venturing outdoors dangerous. The region remains under a winter weather warning until 4 a.m. Saturday.

Michigan State Police advise motorists to stay off the roads unless travel is necessary. Detroit freeways and major streets such as Grand River were almost empty during the morning rush hour.

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is asking residents to take precautions to prevent frozen pipes during the storm.  Spokesperson Brian Peckinpaugh says when outdoor temperatures fall below 20 degrees it can put indoor pipes at risk.

“If you have a faucet or a sink in your basement, just make sure it has a slow trickle so that no pipes freeze, that water’s still moving inside the pipes,” Peckinpaugh advises. He also says the extreme cold weather could cause water mains to break.

According to Fox 2, projected snowfall has decreased to 2-4 inches for Saturday afternoon in much of the metro area. However, temperatures will continue to be bitterly cold, making outside travel treacherous.

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  • Jerome Vaughn
    Jerome Vaughn is News Director at 101.9 WDET. His interest in news reporting began when he was five years old, after his mom bought him a yellow Panasonic ball and chain radio.