Parts of Michigan bracing for 1st major snowfall of season

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HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) -- WEATHER AUTHORITY ALERT: Parts of Michigan are bracing for the first major snowfall of the season.

The National Weather Service issued a warning for parts of the Upper Peninsula, including Keweenaw and Houghton counties.

Forecasts call for 9-14 inches of snow starting Thursday night and ending Saturday morning, with winds gusting up to 35 mph.

Forecasters say travel could be difficult. Snowfall totals of 6-12 inches are possible in other parts of the western Upper Peninsula.

Elsewhere, a blast of wintry weather also is forecast, with 3-5 inches of snow possible in the western and southwestern Lower Peninsula.

Cold temperatures are spread across the state and southeastern Michigan including Detroit could get 1-2 inches.