Hell Has Frozen Over

Winter Weather Michigan_1548958871196

People walk through a snowstorm in downtown Jackson, Mich., Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (J. Scott Park/Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP)

(CNN) – Michigan is never the warmest of states in winter. It’s easy to joke there that Hell has frozen over, because the tiny lakeside community with that name usually does this time of year.

During this week’s brutally dangerous freeze in the Midwest — it was 9 below zero Thursday morning in Detroit, 11 below in Hell — Michiganders probably feel like cranking up the heat.

But a certain mishap has the state’s governor asking residents to do just the opposite.

On Wednesday night, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asked everyone in the state’s lower peninsula to turn their thermostats down to 65 degrees.

A fire at Consumers Energy’s Ray Natural Gas Compressor Station in suburban Detroit Wednesday shut down all gas flow from the facility.

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