The start of 1999 around the Great Lakes region and Southern Ontario was one to remember.
Starting on Jan. 1, 1999, a storm - what some call the “North American blizzard of 1999” - began to dump nearly two feet of snow in areas from Iowa to Toronto, halting holiday travel for hundreds of thousands.
The hardest-hit area was Chicago, which saw a whopping 21.6 inches of snow. Most of the snow fell between Jan. 2 and Jan. 4.
Heavy snow was accompanied by high wind gusts, creating dangerous travel conditions.
The snow began to fall in Michigan during the early hours of Jan. 2, causing huge headaches for travelers, especially at Detroit Metro Airport -- arguably the hardest-hit airport in the storm.
In Detroit, a shortage of snowplows, combined with the subsequent cold weather, left some streets blocked for more than a week.
In research published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers conclude that in-person learning has not meaningfully contributed to community spread of COVID-19, and in-person classes should resume with precautions in place.
Those precautions include mandatory mask wearing, social distancing and good ventilation.
In terms of high school sports, indoor and contact sports should not be permitted, meaning cross country outdoors would be fine while wrestling is not.
Additionally, the research states that in-person instruction also relies on what else a community is doing to stop the spread of the virus and specifically mentions limiting indoor dining.
The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 552,556 as of Tuesday, including 14,405 deaths, state officials report.
Tuesday’s update includes 1,476 new cases and 79 additional deaths -- 44 from a vital records review. On Monday, the state reported a total of 551,080 cases and 14,326 deaths.
New COVID-19 cases have plateaued and deaths are starting to slow. Testing has been steady with more than 40,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate average around 6%. Hospitalizations continue to decline over the last several weeks.
Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 1,815 on Monday, near the lowest since October. The 7-day death average was 64 on Monday. The state’s fatality rate is 2.6%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 73,700 on Monday -- near the lowest it’s been since November.
Here’s a look at more of the data: