2018-01-11 / Front Page


Photo by Debra Hackett Photo by Debra Hackett As the new year unfolded, an arctic blast wrapped the Midwest in its wintery clutches, setting records for low temperatures and forcing some school districts to cancel classes just as students were returning from winter break. But for kids like Maegen Hackett, 12, of Gaines Township, spending all those days indoors brought about a case of cabin fever. The cure? A Sunday afternoon spent sledding at Elms Park in Swartz Creek. Maegen bundled up before heading out into the 24-degree weather. Accuweather reported that Sunday’s high was 31 degrees with a wind chill of -5 degrees, a slight warm-up from the bone-chilling low temperatures that broke two records, dipping to -14 and -18 degrees on Dec. 27 and 28, respectively, in Flint. Forecasters were predicting the mercury to hit 51 degrees today, then drop back into the teens with more snow expected by Saturday.

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