LANSING – Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan declared a state of emergency Monday night in response to abnormal temperatures in the forecast for the upcoming week.
Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College closed their university on Monday following harsh weather conditions. They have not announced any cancellations for Tuesday.
Ypsilanti is predicted to hit a low of -11 degrees on Tuesday with winds reaching 20 to 30 mph, according to The Weather Channel.
Temperatures are expected to be below normal across the whole state. Whitmer declared the state of emergency to keep Michiganders safe and warn about the dangers of sub-zero temperatures.
“Such widespread, extreme conditions have not occurred in Michigan for many years and it is imperative that we are proactive with record-low temperatures being predicted by the National Weather Service,” Whitmer said in a news release on Monday night.
A list of safety tips was released by the governor to help ensure that people stay safe.
I am declaring a state of emergency to respond to the impacts of the extreme cold temperatures. Keeping Michiganders safe during this stretch of dangerously cold temperatures is our priority. pic.twitter.com/DBLvA2sgW7— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@gretchenwhitmer) January 29, 2019