By Associated Press - Friday, January 10, 2020

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - Consumers Energy is warning customers that freezing rain forecast for Saturday “will likely lead to downed wires and power outages that could last several days.”

Freezing rain is expected to begin across much of south central Michigan Saturday morning and continue for several hours, the Jackson-based utility said. As much as one-half to 1 inch (1.2-2.5 centimeters) of ice accumulation is possible in a general area from Interstate 94 north to U.S. 10, it said.

A half inch of ice can add as much as 500 pounds (226.8 kilograms) to a span of power lines, Consumers said.

Accompanying the ice will be gusty winds and heavy snow in northern Michigan.

People should stay at least 25 feet away from a downed wire and anything it is touching, the utility said.

Michigan State University said the campus museum will not open Saturday because of weather. A fundraiser to help a new trooper who has a rare brain cancer was postponed until Jan. 25 at Pewamo-Westphalia High School.

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