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State of Emergency declared in Shiawassee County

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(01/06/14) - For the second time in three weeks, a state of emergency has been declared in Shiawassee County.

The main reason for the declaration? Removing the nearly 19 inches of snow from the roads.

The official total is about 18.8 inches of snow in portions of Shiawassee County, but it's difficult to measure now because it has been blowing around all afternoon.

That blowing snow is causing white out conditions on roadways.

People are being asked to stay off the roads, if possible. Schools in the county have already been closed for Tuesday.

The main highways like I-69, M-52 and M-71 are being plowed, but most other roads are impassable.

T.J. Clark, the emergency management and Homeland Security coordinator for Shiawassee County says if you get in your car and drive around and possibly get stuck, you are putting yourself in danger. Plus, you're slowing up the plowing.

The big problem right now is the wind, blowing that snow over the roadways, causing drifting and visibility problems.

And at this point, Clark's best guess is that the earliest the state of emergency will be lifted is  Wednesday.

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