Governor Whitmer has declared a state of emergency ahead of the Polar Vortex that will hit Michigan later tonight.

The snow storm that covered Michigan on Monday lead to the closing of all Lower Peninsula government offices. Now we have to deal with arctic temperatures and clean up of all the snow at the same time.

The Polar Vortex is most likely the reasoning behind the state of emergency declaration. Gov. Whitmer commented about why she made the decision.

It is imperative that we are proactive amid widespread, extreme conditions

So what does a "State of Emergency" mean exactly?

The main purpose is financial. This makes it easier for Gov Whitmer to access emergency funds needed to make sure roads are cleared and emergency services are available for an extended amount of time.

Gov. Whitmer also activated the State Emergency Operations Center. The center coordinates response and recovery efforts by state agencies and local government during disasters or emergencies.

The State of Emergency does not place any restrictions on you personally. You can still drive on the roads and do what you would normally do. If you do choose to go outside though, just be sure to use extreme caution. The roads are icy since it it too cold for the salt to work. If you do go out, make sure you have an emergency kit in your car at all times.