BRANCH COUNTY, MI (WTVB) - Old Man Winter can be hit and miss and in this case, he whiffed with not a lot of the white stuff this time around for Branch County. The wintery mix of freezing rain, sleet and light snow that dropped down last night and early today did create enough of an icy glaze though to create the potential for hazardous driving conditions, enough so to delay classes this morning in most of the schools in the county.
St. Mary’s school in Bronson and Pansophia Academy in Coldwater are closed today. Many St Mary's students come from St Joseph County, where most schools are closed. Pansophia Academy was scheduled to be released early today anyway.
Snow was falling at a rate of about an inch an hour last evening in parts of West Michigan and North Central Michigan before it tapered off after Midnight and in those areas, several hundred schools cancelled classes for today. It was not your light fluffy feathery Lake Effect snow but heavy wet winter storm snow that the National Weather Service says will be tough to shovel. It’s great for making snowmen, but not so great if you have to drive thru it. Did you live through the Great Blizzard of 78’ that blasted us around here 35 years ago? That same kind of huge storm is what’s predicted for tonight and tomorrow in New England with blizzard conditions, wind gusts of up to 50-MPH, heavy snow of up to two feet and white outs. Some have already dubbed it Snowmaggedon 2013.