State offices closed Thursday, mail delivery nixed


WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — Michigan state offices will remain closed until 10 p.m. Thursday because of the extreme weather.

Michigan State Police announced the closure Wednesday afternoon, shortly after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer toured the State Emergency Operations Center.

Whitmer said it was prudent to close state government for the second time this week due to winter weather, saying the step was clearly needed to keep people safe.

“You know it’s not an easy decision to make, but when you see something of this nature, unprecedented in the last 25 years, it’s important to listen to the National Weather Service, consult the state police and people on the front line and make a decision early enough that it can really be communicated so that people are protected,” Whitmer said.

Essential employees continue to work.

Whitmer visited the State Emergency Operations Center near Lansing, thanking workers after getting a briefing. The National Weather Service says the extreme cold will last into Thursday. Wind chill factors of minus 40 degrees can quickly lead to frostbite.

“We just want to make sure people understand the severity of the weather out there,” Whitmer said.

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The United States Postal Service announced Wednesday that it was suspending delivery, collections and pickup services statewide on Thursday as well “to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees.”

Universities and schools are closed. Eastern Michigan University and Grand Valley State University will stay closed Thursday. In an unprecedented move, Grand Rapids Public Schools called off classes for Thursday and Friday as well.

Amid snow, winter storm warnings are in effect in parts of Michigan. Dozens of flights are canceled at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Kent County.

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