Icy roads contribute to morning crashes across the state

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- About 30 crashes have been reported on icy roadways in Genesee County as below-freezing temperatures continue to envelop parts of Michigan.

The Flint Journal reports that the accidents started around 8 a.m. Friday with a number of the crashes on Interstates 75, 475 and 69.

The Ludington News reports about six inches of snow fell on parts of western Michigan overnight. The Mason County sheriff's office says that has left roads snow-covered and slick in spots.

The Ionia County Sheriff office posted on their Facebook page a reminder to slow down and give way to emergency vehicles. One of their deputies was on the side of the road policing an accident Friday afternoon when a car hit his cruiser after the driver lost control.

Freezing temperatures and below-zero wind chills have covered much of the northern United States this week.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe storm warning and winter weather advisory until noon Friday for much of western Michigan.

Light snow and continued cold are expected this weekend across the central part of the state.