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Possible tornado touches down near Hale

The National Weather Service is investigating reports of a tornado touchdown near Hale in Iosco County.
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Tornado touches down in Saginaw

Picture provided by the National Weather Service

Picture provided by the National Weather Service

A tornado damaged 20 homes and injured at least one person in Saginaw County Wednesday evening.

The National Weather Service says the EF1 tornado touched down near Brant and Saint Charles right before 6pm. It was packing winds of 90 to 100 miles per hour.

Matt Mosteiko is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

He said that severe weather can be hard to predict, especially when it’s tied to warm fronts.

“Usually along that warm front it’s really tricky to have to forecast any type of severe weather so lots of times we will mention there will be severe weather possible near that warm front, but there really wasn’t a whole lot of ingredients that were favorable earlier in the day so it was kind of a ‘nowcast’ as far as meteorologically. Soon as we saw that a storm was coming together and getting more organized that’s when we put out that tornado warning.”

The storm was on the ground for 13 minutes, and left a damage path up to 300 yards wide. Mosteiko said there was one minor injury, and that treatment was refused.

He also said the storm had a rotating updraft in it. A rotating updraft is also known as a mesocyclone. That means air rises and starts to rotate around a vertical axis thus forming a tornado.

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Picture provided by the National Weather Service

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Crop season being pushed back due to weather

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Even though there has not been snow in a while, farmers are just beginning to see the effects of this year’s brutal winter.
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Michigan marks Severe Weather Awareness Week

TornadoThis week marks severe weather awareness week in Michigan, and the state and the National Weather Service are urging residents to make preparations now, before severe weather strikes.
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Propane supply dramatically increases

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A bit of good news for propane users in Michigan. Supplies are on the rise, although winter temperatures are not.
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Heating help available for Michiganders

The subzero wind chills have been brutal enough, but many Michiganders are in for even more ugly numbers when they open up their January heating bills.

That’s why officials want to spread the word that help is available.
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Freezing rain advisory issued; could affect morning commute

file1391253801340A freezing rain advisory was issued Monday night for central Michigan, the Tri-Cities, Flint, and parts of the thumb, as freezing rain and drizzle created slippery conditions on area roads.
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Severe weather possible across Michigan on Sunday

National Severe Weather Outlook for Sunday, November 17. From the National Weather Service / NOAA.

National Severe Weather Outlook for Sunday, November 17. From the National Weather Service / NOAA.

Forecasters say a mass of unseasonably warm air could fuel severe thunderstorms on Sunday, as a strong cold front moves across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Storms could contain damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.
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Major winter storm to impact Michigan on Thursday

Parts of central and northern Michigan will be impacted by a major winter storm this week, beginning Thursday morning.
According to the National Weather Service, some areas could see over 10 inches of snow by Friday evening. Strong winds and blizzard conditions are also possible.
Forecasters say driving conditions will worsen during the day tomorrow. Slick and snow-covered roads are expected, as well as periods of poor visibility due to falling, blowing and drifting snow.
Power outages will also be possible.
Here’s what is expected as of this morning in your location:
Central Lower Peninsula
A winter storm watch is in effect for Clare, Isabella, Lake, Mecosta, Newaygo and Osceola counties from Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon..
Snow and blowing snow will develop Thursday afternoon into Friday. North winds of 20 to 30 mph are expected, with gusts up to 50 mph. 
Travel will become difficult with wet roads becoming snow covered and icy Thursday night. Near whiteout conditions will be possible at times.
Northern Lower Peninsula
A winter storm warning is in effect from 7am Thursday until 7pm Friday for Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Missaukee, Montmorecny, Otsego, Presque Isle and Wexford counties. 
A winter storm watch is in effect for Alcona, Alpena, Gladwin, Ogemaw, Oscoda and Roscommon counties from Thursday morning through Friday evening.
Heavy snow will develop through the day Thursday, and continue into much of Thursday night. Snowfall totals will be in excess of 10 inches in the warning area, and between 6 and 12 inches in the watch area, according to the National Weather Service. 
Across the warning area, blowing and drifting snow will accompany this system, and periods of blizzard conditions are possible. 
In the watch area, the snowfall will mix with rain at times, resulting in some uncertainty regarding snowfall total expectations. Blowing and drifting snow is possible.
The snow is expected to be heavy and wet, making driving conditions difficult. Power outages will be possible.
Upper Peninsula
A winter storm warning is in effect from 7am Thursday until 7pm Friday for Chippewa and Mackinac counties, and from 7am Thursday until 1pm Friday for Luce County.
Heavy snow will develop through the day Thursday, and continue into much of Thursday night. Snowfall totals will be in excess of 10 inches for Chippewa and Mackinac counties, and 6 to 11 inches for Luce County.
Across the warning area, blowing and drifting snow will accompany this system, and periods of blizzard conditions are possible. Heavy, wet snow could also result in power outages.
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