- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) - The deep freeze has eased across Michigan, with temperatures touching the melting point for the first time in days.

After deep sub-zero readings in wide area of the state over recent weeks, temperatures hit 32 degrees Thursday at Ludington and Muskegon, and 31 at Beaver Island, Frankfort, Fremont, Holland and South Haven.

The National Weather Service says snow was falling Thursday night across many parts of the state.

State police have released the names of two people killed Wednesday in a crash on snowpack-covered M-32 in the northern Lower Peninsula.

Sgt. Michael de Castro tells MLive.com that 58-year-old driver Mary Ann Green of Petoskey and 36-year-old passenger Christopher A. Jay of Presque Isle died when Green slid into the path of a semi in Otsego County’s Chester Township.

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