Ready For Snow? Metro Detroit Could Get Up To 6 Inches By Midday Thursday

Winter Weather Advisory in effect through 4 a.m. Thursday

WWJ News
February 05, 2020 - 7:50 pm

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DETROIT (WWJ) - Get ready for some winter whiplash because after a little taste of springlike weather, snow is coming back to Metro Detroit.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory, in effect from 8 p.m. Wednesday until 4 a.m. Thursday for Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Washtenaw, Lenawee and Monroe Counties.

A storm moving across southeast Michigan overnight is expected to bring up to 6 inches of snow by Thursday afternoon. Most areas will see 2 to 4 inches, with the highest amounts closer to the Ohio border.

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As the snow began to fall Wednesday evening, conditions were slick. By around 7 p.m., the WWJ 24-Hour Traffic Center was reporting numerous spin-out crashes on metro Detroit-area roads and freeways.

Drivers are cautioned to take it slow and allow for plenty of space between vehicles as slick conditions are expected to worsen. 

"What's ahead is a wintry storm that's going to cause us some headaches later tonight and into tomorrow morning's commute," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Dean DeVore. "The worst of the precipitation may be while most of us are sleeping. But those of us that get up early or do things overnight are going to have some problems later tonight."

Forecasters say the snow will start developing after 7 p.m. Wednesday, with peak snowfall expected from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Thursday. Light snowfall will then continue from 1 a.m. and beyond, with freezing drizzle possible. Additional light snowfall accumulations of an inch or less will be possible Thursday afternoon into Friday.

"It may be one of those where it starts a little sporadically and then, I think, during the early morning hours it's kind of coming down in a pretty good clip, then tapering off to just general snow mixed with some sleet," said DeVore.

If you have somewhere to be Thursday, you'll want to leave early as hazardous driving conditions with snow-covered roads and poor visibility in falling snow are expected during the morning commute. Very minor icing is expected from any possible freezing drizzle.

"It's not going to paralyze our region, it will slow us down. I would already be factoring in maybe an extra 50 to 75 percent driving time tomorrow in some situations," said DeVore.

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