Michigan government closes Wednesday due to cold weather


LANSING – The state of Michigan is closing all of its offices on Wednesday due to extremely cold temperatures, the governor’s office confirmed Tuesday evening.

All non-essential government employees in the Lower and Upper Peninsulas are encouraged to stay at home, said Tiffany Brown, spokesperson for Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Critical personnel such as Michigan State Police and prison officers will remain on duty.

The Michigan House and Senate also announced they will be closed on Wednesday.

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A polar vortex is expected to hit areas of the Great Lakes and the Midwest from Tuesday to Thursday, with the lowest temperatures expected on Wednesday. Parts of Lower Michigan could face wind chills as low as 45 degrees below zero, according to the National Weather Service.

It would mark the freezing cold in years for the region.

“The Michiganers are encouraged to stay indoors as the temperature continues to drop,” Whitmer said on Twitter Tuesday.

“If you have to leave, lie down, wear the warmest clothes you have, cover your mouth and try to limit the time away from your home. For your safety and that of our first responders, do not take unnecessary risks. “

The state sent its workers from the Lower Peninsula home early Monday due to heavy snowfall.

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