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Michigan governor issues state of emergency ahead of cold

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an order declaring a state of emergency in Michigan ahead of dangerous subzero weather .

Whitmer announced the order Monday night, saying it will help address threats to public health and safety due to this week’s cold snap. She says in a statement “it is imperative that we are proactive” amid “widespread, extreme conditions.”

Whitmer also activated the State Emergency Operations Center that’s located at the Michigan State Police headquarters. The center coordinates response and recovery efforts by state agencies and local government during disasters or emergencies.

The update comes after most state government offices in the Lower Peninsula were closed Monday due to heavy snow that hit Michigan.

Hundreds of schools were closed Tuesday, including Detroit’s public schools, as cleanup from the snow continued.