- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Temperatures plummeted Friday as a surge of arctic air moved across Michigan and scratched some plans for weekend ski events.

The weather is “turning dangerously cold” with some temperatures reaching -12, the National Weather Service office in Oakland County’s White Lake Township said on its website.

Wind chills will make it feel even colder and meteorologist Bryan Tilley told The Detroit News that “15-below can result in frostbite in 30 minutes or less.”

A winter storm watch was in effect in the Grand Rapids area through Saturday evening. The deep freeze also made roads icy. A 46-year-old Tekonsha man died in a Calhoun County crash Thursday while a stretch of M-28 in Alger and Marquette counties in the Upper Peninsula reopened Thursday afternoon after a shutdown for snow.

In the Traverse City area, organizers of the North American Vasa cross-country ski race called off the Saturday contest for children 12 and under. Other races will go ahead as planned.

“Wind gusts could be up to 27 mph,” meteorologist Brian Adam told the Traverse City Record-Eagle. “That’s going to feel like the biggest impact out in the open. If you’re down on Front Street, buildings would help protect against some of that, but if you’re down by the bay in the wide open, you’ll get the lowest wind chill ratings.”

The state Department of Natural Resources scratched a cross-country ski event lighted by lanterns at Bewabic State Park in the Upper Peninsula. A high of 8 degrees was predicted for Saturday.


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