Icy conditions prompt school closings across Washtenaw County
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School officials blamed this morning's wintery weather mess for dangerous conditions on Ann Arbor area roadways, in turn canceling classes across the region.
"The road conditions, especially in the outer areas of the district, are extremely dangerous," said Ann Arbor Public Schools spokeswoman Liz Margolis in an email sent at about 4 a.m. Monday.
Ann Arbor is among more than 400 school closings in southeast Michigan on Monday.
They come as temperatures rose overnight, changing an evening snowfall to sleet, then freezing rain before 6 a.m. The situation prompted a winter weather advisory for drivers from 7 p.m. Sunday until 6 a.m.
The wintry mix was expected to leave a glaze on sidewalks and make for some slippery morning driving in some areas before temperatures rise to a high of 48.
Those unsafe conditions generated a wave of school closings that touched most elementary and secondary classrooms in Washtenaw County.
Announced closings as of 6 a.m. include: Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Lincoln, Manchester, Milan and Willow Run.
Closed charters include Arbor Prep, Central Academy, East Ann Arbor Multicultural, Honey Creek and South Arbor.
Greenhills, the Washtenaw Intermediate School District and Washtenaw Head Start are included. So are private schools like Emerson, Father Gabriel Richard, St. Paul Lutheran, Calvary Christian, Hebrew Day School, Spiritus Sanctus and St. Francis of Assisi.
Nearby districts that are closed include Plymouth-Canton, Pinckney, Clinton.
Eastern Michigan University also cancelled classes until 12:30 p.m. today. Spokesperson Geoff Larcom said classes after that time will go on as usual.