Grand Rapids Community College has closed for the fourth consecutive day this week, sending out an alert on Wednesday at 3:16 p.m. that campus would be closed on Thursday citing dangerously cold temperatures.
Temperatures for Wednesday and Thursday are expected to remain below zero through the night with a 100 percent chance of snow on Wednesday leading into Thursday. Wind chills are reported to be between -15 and -25 between Wednesday and Thursday. Experts have advised residents to stay warm and inside during the latest winter storm passing through Michigan as frostbite can set in anywhere between 10 and 15 minutes from exposure to the frigid air.
Area schools remained closed on Wednesday and will be on Thursday. Some, like Grand Rapids and Kelloggsville Public Schools, have even announced they will remain closed for the remainder of the week.
Local agencies, including Spectrum Health, have also closed due to the frigid temperatures on Wednesday.The United States Postal Service has also canceled their mail delivery service on Wednesday and Thursday due to the extreme temperatures and road conditions in most parts of Michigan and other areas of the midwest.
Temperatures are expected to rise to 17, with a low of -1, on Friday and double that on Saturday at 34 with a low of 12. Michigan remains under a winter storm warning until 7 p.m. on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.