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Severe weather closes Mackinac Bridge

Friday, January 24, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff
NEWS RELEASES

MACKINAC BRIDGE
AUTHORITY

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

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Bridge closed

Currently the Mackinac Bridge is closed to all traffic.

Motorists are instructed to reduce their speed to 20 miles per hour as they approach the bridge and be prepared to stop.

Bridge personnel are stationed at both ends of the structure to provide instructions.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority is monitoring conditions at various points along the structure.

When conditions improve, the bridge will be reopened to traffic.

If you are planning to travel to the Straits area, please tune to AM radio 530 or 1610 for updates.

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Winter weather advisory

Cippewa - Emmet - Cheboygan - Presque Isle - Charlevoix - Antrim - Otsego - Montmorency - Grand Traverse - Kalkaska - Crawford - Wexford - Missaukee

Including the cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Petoskey, Cheboygan, Rogers City, Charlevoix, Mancelona, Gaylord, Atlanta, Taverse City, Kalkaska, Grayling, Cadillac, Lake City

Winter weather advisory remains in effect until 5 a.m. EST Saturday.

Hazardous weather

Wind: Southwest winds 20 to 35 mph today with gusts up to 50 mph near the Lake Michigan coast. Winds will gradually subside late this afternoon and evening.

Snow: Snow, heavy at times. Storm total snowfall of 2 to 5 inches expected by Saturday morning with locally higher snowfall amounts possible.

Visibilities: Near zero visibilities at times with substantial blowing and drifting snow. Whiteout conditions in open areas.

Wind chills: Wind chill readings of 0 to 15 below zero today.

Impacts

Whiteout conditions possible at times due to blowing snow resulting in very hazardous driving conditions. This will be especially true across open areas.

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Pictured: A screen shot of the Mackinac Bridge cam taken at 1:17 p.m. Friday, January 24, 2014
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jrebella 1/24/2014 1:42:45 PM Report

nice pic!
thera 1/24/2014 1:58:01 PM Report

Just wondering anyone has heard anything about the greyhound game tonight. Windsor would be coming in through the states. Does anyone know if they are here already or maybe there might be a delay in the start time or cancellation?
Little Lady 1/24/2014 2:14:14 PM Report

The Spitfires are in town. Saw their bus parked at the Delta.
thera 1/24/2014 4:10:32 PM Report

Thanks!
Lo-Cal 1/24/2014 4:19:29 PM Report

was on the way to boyne for the weekend... took almost two plus hours to get to st ignace brutal roads and visibility .. as soon as we got to bridge got turned around closed it fifteen minutes before we got there...

brutal zero visibility there not bad on return home.
Norm 1/25/2014 11:30:12 AM Report

The Hounds would of liked them stuck in Mackinaw City. Hindsight.
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