LANSING, MI – Gov. Rick Snyder today, Monday,December 28th, 2015, activated the State Emergency Operations Center due to the hazardous winter storm expected to affect the entire state of Michigan from Monday, Dec. 28, through Tuesday, Dec. 29.
The National Weather Service is forecasting about a foot of heavy, wet snow for the Upper Peninsula and freezing rain with a quarter- to half-inch of ice accumulation for some areas of the Lower Peninsula. Power outages are likely to occur.
“The safety of all Michiganders is our top priority, and the heavy snowfall and freezing rain could create hazardous conditions in much of our state,” Snyder said. “Residents should pay close attention to advisories and stay off the roads if at all possible. State authorities continue to closely monitor the situation and are sharing information and coordinating with communities to keep everyone as safe as possible.”
Snyder also announced that all Lower Peninsula state offices will be closed at 1 p.m. Monday due to the freezing rain conditions. Updates on building closures will be posted to Michigan.gov.
There have been no requests for state assistance at this time. The state continues to actively work with local communities and emergency management partners across the state to ensure they have all the resources they need to respond to this hazardous winter weather.
The SEOC was activated at noon today and will remain activated until emergency operations are no longer required.
The SEOC is the emergency operations center for the state of Michigan. Located in Lansing, the center is overseen by the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division and coordinates response and recovery efforts by state agencies and local government. The SEOC is staffed by members of state agencies and other partners for decision making and information coordination during disasters or emergencies in the state of Michigan.