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Math competitions at Huron High School on Saturday postponed due to winter storm

Posted by The Huron Hub on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020

Math competitions scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 18 at Huron High School have been postponed due to a winter storm that is forecasted to drop 7 to 8 inches of snow in parts of southeast Michigan.

The elementary and middle school competitions scheduled for that day will be rescheduled, and a date and time for the makeup event will be announced once it is organized.

“Thank you to everyone who was planning to come and compete. We hope that you will be able to attend once we’ve rescheduled,” said Cathy Farrell, event organizer.

Related: Winter storm warning issued; heavy snow is on the way



Winter storm warning issued; heavy snow is on the way

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |

Published Jan. 17, 2020 — 7:20 a.m. EST

Yesterday’s winter storm watch has been upgraded to a winter storm warning for all of southeast Michigan.

Snow totals have also gone up by an inch or two since initial forecasts.

A total of 7 to 8 inches of snow is expected.

Related: Math competitions at Huron High School on Saturday postponed due to winter storm

Winter Storm Warning

For Wayne County

Issued by National Weather Service

Detroit, MI

3:55 AM EST Fri, Jan 17, 2020


* WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Peak snowfall rates up to an inch per hour likely early Saturday morning. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches by Saturday afternoon. Winds gusting as high as 30 mph.

* WHERE…Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Wayne, Lenawee and Monroe Counties.

* WHEN…From 10 PM this evening to noon EST Saturday.

* IMPACTS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Visibilities will be decreased in areas of heavy snow.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Snow will begin Friday night and become heaviest during the 1 AM to 7 AM timeframe on Saturday. Temperates will then rise to near freezing or perhaps a degree or two above. This will coincide with a changeover to sleet before warmer air transitions precipitation to rain or drizzle by mid afternoon, or earlier for Lenawee and Monroe counties.

Winter Storm Watch issued through Saturday afternoon

Posted by The Huron Hub on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 — 2:45 PM EST

The National Weather Service in Detroit has issued a winter storm watch through Saturday afternoon for all of southeast Michigan.

Snow, which could be heavy at times, will begin late Friday and end Saturday around noon.

Total accumulation of 4 to 7 inches is expected across the area.

Snow may mix with sleet near the Ohio border.

Roads will be treacherous on Saturday. Motorists are advised to plan ahead.


Busch Beer says the more snow we get, the cheaper their beer is

During Busch Snow Day, every inch of snow in select cities in the Midwest and Great Lakes equals $1 off of Busch. (Image courtesy Busch Beer)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Jan. 16, 2020

Snow haters, this might change your mind.

Busch Beer announced that residents of certain snowy states can get a special rebate on their beer depending on the amount of snow that falls there.

“During Busch Snow Day, every inch of snow in select cities in the Midwest and Great Lakes equals $1 off of Busch,” a statement from the company said. “The more snow falls, so does the price of Busch.”

In Michigan, Busch Beer drinkers looking for that rebate should keep an eye on Grand Rapids’ snow totals.

Rebates can be entered at any time until March 21, and you’ll receive money back shortly after that date, according to the company.

The most in rebates a Busch drinker can get is $30, and you must save your receipts to prove purchase.

Of course, you must be 21 to participate in the promotion.

Rebates can be entered at this link.

For a full list of the Busch Snow Day rules, visit this link.

Related: National Weather Service forecasting 4-7 inches of snow by Saturday morning


Weekend rain results in major flooding on Huron River at Willow Metropark in New Boston

Posted by The Huron Hub on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

The Huron River is well over capacity following a weekend storm that dropped nearly three inches of rain in southeast Michigan.

Below are photos and videos submitted by Huron Hub reader Mary Horbianski that show a flooded river at Willow Metropark in the Big Bend area on Jan. 12.

Related: Flood warning issued for Huron River and several other areas in southeast Michigan

(Photos courtesy of Mary Horbianski)

Flood warning issued for Huron River and several other areas in southeast Michigan

The Huron River in Willow Metropark during a heavy rain storm in late April, 2019. (HURON HUB FILE PHOTO submitted by Mary Horbianski)

Posted by The Huron Hub on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 — 11:40 AM EST

Flood warnings have been issued for multiple areas across southeast Michigan. Included in the warning is the Huron River, which runs through Huron Township. 

The National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac has issued a flood
warning for the following in southeast Michigan:

Clinton River…Huron River…Kearsley Creek…Lower Rouge River…
Middle Rouge River…North Branch Clinton…River Raisin…Rouge
River…Saginaw River…Shiawassee River

Heavy rainfall up to 2.5 inches has fallen overnight producing the rises
in area rivers. The flood forecasts are based on this rainfall plus
forecasted rainfall of 1 to 2 inches through tonight. Rain might turn into
freezing rain in some basins which would cut down on runoff. Flood crests
maybe adjusted this evening or Sunday morning after the storm has ended
and total rainfall amounts are observed.

The National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac has issued a Flood warning for the Huron River at Ann Arbor.
* From now until further notice.
* At 10 AM Saturday the stage is 14.9 feet and rising.
* Flood stage is 16.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast is to rise above flood stage by tomorrow morning…
and crest around 16.1 feet tomorrow afternoon.

Full list of local weather alerts here

RELATED: Officials urge preparedness ahead of storm

Flood watch issued through Saturday night; 2 to 4 inches of rain forecasted


Officials urge preparedness ahead of storm

January 10, 2020 — 3:30 PM EST

With a severe winter storm expected to bring a mix of rain, snow and freezing rain to the Lower Peninsula this weekend the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging Michiganders to be prepared for possible flooding, power outages and dangerous travel.

“Keeping Michiganders safe during severe weather is one of my top priorities,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “My office, along with state departments, will be closely monitoring weather conditions and proactively coordinating with emergency management to support local response efforts as appropriate.  We are also encouraging residents to be safe and take precautions during these extreme weather conditions that are predicted this weekend.”

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting 2 to 4 inches of rain across the Lower Peninsula beginning Friday with a slow transition to a wintry mix, including freezing rain and sleet, before changing to snow by late Saturday. Flooding is possible along and south of I-94, while the area south of the U.S. 10 corridor and north of I-94 is most at risk for ice accumulations.

Related: Flood watch issued through Saturday night; 2 to 4 inches of rain forecasted

“Both flooding and freezing rain have the ability to be life-threatening,” said Capt. Emmitt McGowan, deputy state director of Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “Michigan residents should take steps to prepare now. Keeping supplies like a flashlight, a portable radio and a working cell phone with a backup power source on-hand can help keep you and your family safe during an emergency.”

Precipitation forecast (rain and melted snow/ice) for the 3-day period from 7 a.m. EST Friday, Jan. 10, to Monday, Jan. 13. Image credit: National Weather Service

During a power outage

  • Do not touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed lines. Report electrical hazards to police and the utility company.
  • Use battery powered lanterns, if possible, rather than candles to light homes without electrical power.
  • Avoid actions that can result in dangerous levels of carbon monoxide:
    • Do not use a grill indoors.
    • Do not use an unvented gas or kerosene heater.
    • Do not use a generator inside a home or garage. Keep these devices outdoors, away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
    • Do not use an oven or stove to heat your home.
  • Use extreme caution when driving, especially if traffic signals are out.

Safe winter driving tips:

  • Check the weather before leaving for a destination. If the weather forecast looks dangerous, reschedule or postpone the driving trip, if possible.
  • DO NOT crowd snowplows. Give snowplow drivers plenty of room to clear snow from the roads.
  • Keep tires at the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure and routinely check tire pressure during cold weather.
  • Make sure the windshield solvent reservoir is full and check the condition of all wiper blades and replace when necessary.
  • Wash your vehicle for better visibility to other drivers. Remove ice and snow from all lights, windows and license plate before driving.

To stay safe during a winter storm:

  • Stay indoors if possible. If you must go outside, wear protective gear, such as hats, mittens, gloves, scarf and a warm coat.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite, which include loss of feeling or pale appearance of fingers, toes or face.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia, which include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, drowsiness and exhaustion.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance.
  • Watch pets closely and keep them indoors when possible. Animals can suffer from hypothermia, frostbite and other cold weather injuries.
  • Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a full tank of gas and an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle. Put warm clothing, such as gloves, blankets and hats, in your kit in case you become stranded.

Preparing for a flood

  • Create an emergency preparedness kit with a 72-hour supply of water, including three gallons per person. Include extra water if you have pets.
  • Put important documents and valuables in a water-proof container on the top floor of your home.
  • Create an inventory of your household items and take photos of the interior and exterior of your home.
  • Double-check sump pumps to ensure they are working properly. If possible, have a battery backup system.
  • Make sure your neighborhood storm drains are clear of debris. Clogged storm drains contribute to flooded roadways.

Driving in a flood

  • Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
  • Do not try to take short cuts, they may be blocked. Stick to designated routes.
  • Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

Michigan weather is unpredictable any time of year, but especially during the winter months. If you are stranded in a winter storm, do not leave your vehicle. Stay with the vehicle and wait for help.

Motorists are encouraged to check travel conditions and weather reports before driving at Major road closures can be found at  The MSP/EMHSD asks that you tune into local news and/or view these websites rather than calling your local MSP post or 911 for travel conditions.

For more information on how to prepare before, during and after an emergency or disaster, visit or follow MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS.

Source: Michigan State Police