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Emergency center activates during storm

January 6, 2014
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LANSING — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has partially activated the state's Emergency Operations Center — due to severe winter weather including heavy snow and dangerously low temperatures.

The governor's office said the partial activation Sunday night means that key emergency management personnel from essential state agencies will report to the center, bolstering coordination with local officials. They're available to respond to local requests for assistance.

Many state offices are closed Monday.

Snyder said that residents should heed advisories to stay off the roads if possible.

The Republican governor also told reporters Monday that the snowstorm has largely ended, but now the state is facing record cold — with temperatures plunging well below zero.

Snyder urged people not to "dwell outside," adding "this isn't the day to have kids go outside and build a snowman or an igloo."

Snow started Saturday and tapered after dumping as much as 18.7 inches in places.

It's being followed by temperatures plunging into the negative teens and 20s for a couple of days.

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