Winter storm prompts state to activate Emergency Operations Center

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state's Emergency Operations Center has been activated as a winter storm is expected to bring heavy wet snow to the Upper Peninsula and freezing rain and high winds to other parts of Michigan.

Gov. Rick Snyder also says state offices in the Lower Peninsula are to close at 1 p.m. Monday due to the storm.

Winter storm warnings and advisories have been issued for a number of areas. The Emergency Operations Center coordinates response and recovery efforts by state and local agencies.

The Kent County sheriff's office was closing at 12:30 p.m. Monday. Ingham County government offices also were to close.

Parts of western and northern Michigan still are recovering from thunderstorms and wind gusts last week that knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses.

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