4-7 Inches Of Snow Expected In Metro Detroit This Weekend

A Winter Storm Watch will be in effect Saturday morning

WWJ News
January 16, 2020 - 3:40 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - The metro Detroit area hasn't seen a heavy dose of snow since before Christmas, but forecaster are expecting that to change this weekend. 

The National Weather Service says a heavy snow system is expected to move across southeast Michigan early Saturday morning, bringing cold temperatures, hazardous road conditions and as much as 4-7 inches of snow.

A Winter Storm Watch will be in effect from 12 a.m. until 12 p.m. Saturday for all of Southeast Michigan.

The snow is expected to begin falling around 1 a.m. Saturday and last until 10 a.m., with the majority of it coming in a "relatively brief six-hour window" and the heaviest stuff falling between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m.

The heaviest snowfall is expected to hit the Thumb, though parts of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties could see up to six inches, according to the NWS. 

"Probably a little less than that as you get close to the Ohio border, where there's going to be some mixing with some ice and rain early on," WWJ AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson said. "And where there's less mixing — closer to I-69 — that's where a few spots could see more than six inches."

As the snow ends, temperatures are expected to rise to the upper 30s, meaning a light rain as the the snow begins to melt.

Later in the day, though, temperatures are expected to again start plummeting. Temps are expected to drop into the low 20s and teens, with windchill making it feel like single digits Sunday through Tuesday.

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