The Latest: Heavy snowfall from storm hits northern Michigan

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Posted: Mar 24, 2016 7:50 PM
The Latest: Heavy snowfall from storm hits northern Michigan

DENVER (AP) — The latest on the spring blizzard that hit the Plains and Midwest (all times local):

7:40 p.m.

A spring storm that pushed hail and strong winds across the Midwest also buried some parts of Michigan and other states in snow as it swept northeast through the Great Lakes.

National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Boguth in Gaylord says a half-foot to 10 inches of snow fell in northern Michigan early Thursday, but some spots might see up to a foot before the storm moves out of the state about midnight.

The middle part of Michigan's Lower Peninsula saw sleet and freezing rain, while the Detroit area was hit by a steady rainfall.

Boguth said around 7 p.m. the temperature in Gaylord was 24 degrees and in southeastern Michigan it was around 57 degrees.

Hundreds of homes in the western part of the state were without power Thursday.

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2:20 p.m.

Snow, ice and wind from an early spring storm has knocked out power to hundreds of homes in western Michigan.

The Ludington Daily News reports that utility companies were reporting scattered outages Thursday in Mason, Oceana and Lake counties.

Mason County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Steve Hansen says that, "in some places, the roads are only one lane and most of them are icy and slushy."

The storm moved into Michigan on Wednesday and is expected to stick around through Thursday evening, with forecasters saying up to a foot of snow could accumulate in some areas.

The National Weather Service says Mount Pleasant in mid-Michigan received heavy snowfall, while ice up to a quarter-inch thick was reported in Greenville.

The Detroit area and other parts of southern Michigan were hit with heavy rain.

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12:45 p.m.

Severe weather including hail and at least one tornado have been reported in the Midwest as other areas dig out of a spring blizzard that shut down the Denver airport and closed hundreds of miles of roads.

Storms swept through northwest Arkansas late Wednesday, damaging or destroying several homes and severely injuring two people.

On Thursday, the National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down on the southeast side of Lake Charles in Louisiana, damaging a home.

Elsewhere, a hailstorm broke windows in northern Texas, and snow fell in Minnesota. Forecasters predicted another 1 to 4 inches of snow across most of Wisconsin on Thursday.

Denver International Airport reopened Wednesday evening, but by then most of the day's flights had been canceled. Travelers trying to fly out Thursday faced long lines during the already busy spring break travel week.

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8:10 a.m.

Travelers trying to fly out of Denver are facing long lines a day after a spring blizzard shut down the airport.

The number of stranded travelers during an already busy spring break travel week made for long waits at airline check-in counters and security on Thursday.

The storm also brought heavy and blowing snow to parts of Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Up to a foot of snow fell in the southern Twin Cities.

It is still snowing in Michigan, where high winds prompted Mackinac Bridge officials to require that some bigger vehicles cross under escort.

The snow shut down long stretches of Interstates 25, 70 and 80 in Wyoming and Colorado on Wednesday but they are back open except for portions of I-70 in eastern Colorado.