MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Dozens of schools were closed Wednesday in western Michigan ahead of a storm that could bring up to 10 inches of snow.

The National Weather Service posted a winter storm warning until 7 a.m. Thursday, especially in counties near Lake Michigan, from Mason south to Allegan. Wind gusts could reach 45 mph.

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Andrew Nichols, maintenance superintendent at the Muskegon County Road Commission, said it would be “all hands on deck” for his plow crews.

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Drivers who use north-south roads in the region were warned to brace for whiteout conditions.

“Travel could become very difficult. Areas of blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility,” the weather service said.

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