Treacherous travel as storm brings freezing rain to W MI

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Freezing rain is creating treacherous, icy road conditions across West Michigan Wednesday morning.

Michigan State Police encouraged residents to use caution on the roads and at home through Thursday due to treacherous road conditions and power outages.

Tens of thousands of Consumers Energy customers were without power Wednesday morning as the freezing rain brought down power lines and snapped trees.

If you encounter an intersection without a working traffic light, treat it as a four-way stop.

Follow the Michigan Department of Transportation on Twitter for the latest closures in Southwest and West Michigan.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for most of West Michigan until 1 p.m. Wednesday. The area could see one-tenth to four-tenths of an inch of ice as a band of freezing rain moves through, creating slippery driving conditions.

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The freezing rain is expected to also impact flights at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Passengers can check real-time flight information online before heading to the airport.

More than 300 school districts, churches and organizations were closed or delayed Wednesday.

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