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An Alberta Clipper dropping through the Upper Midwest late Sunday night pivoted across the southern Great Lakes through the day on Monday. A large band of snow on the system's northern edge rotated across northern Michigan between early Monday morning and late Monday evening. With a very cold airmass in place, the snow was powdery and dense. Winds gusting 25 to 35 mph caused widespread blowing and drifting snow to produce occasional whiteout conditions as well as very cold wind chills.

Some of the heaviest accumulations across northern Michigan were along the M-55 corridor from Manistee to Missaukee counties, where a few locations reported more than 16 inches of snowfall. As the system lifted into the Thumb by Monday evening, the axis of heavy snowfall pivoted into northeast Lower, with some enhancement coming off of Lake Huron. This produced another swath of heavier snowfall from near Rogers City to Atlanta to Tawas City. 

Most schools were closed due to the hazardous travel conditions, and most state offices and some business closed early. Numerous vehicle accidents were reported, resulting in closures to M-55 in Wexford County and US-131 in Grand Traverse County, where one fatality occurred.

Radar loop of the January 28, 2019 winter storm
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