Snow Keeps Coming: Up To 9 Inches Expected In Metro Detroit

The Upper Peninsula could get 18 inches to 2 feet

WWJ News
November 11, 2019 - 4:51 pm

(WWJ) Snow, and plenty of it, made its way across metro Detroit Monday, blanketing the area and causing slick road conditions as it continued well into the night.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until midnight for all of southeast Michigan, with more than half-a-foot of accumulation expected by the time it's over. 

By late afternoon, storm reports to the National Weather Service said nearly 8 inches of snow had fallen in Macomb County's Shelby Township, and in Chelsea, west of Ann Arbor.  Around 7 inches were recorded in Oakland County's Berkley and Beverly Hills. There were about 6 inches of snow on the ground in Wayne and south of Port Huron in St. Clair, and there was around 5 inches in Southfield.  

"This is a bitter blast," said WWJ AccuWeather Meteorologist Dean Devore. "People are saying it's way too early. We had out first inch of snow last year a couple of days earlier than this...but we're not gonna just get an inch...and the farther north you go, the higher the amounts." 

AccuWeather now says metro Detroit will get at least six inches of snow, while parts of Oakland and Macomb Counties could see to eight or nine inches of accumulation. 

Some local schools were canceling PM classes and activities.

In west Michigan, five inches of snow was already on the ground by mid-morning, south of Grand Rapids; and areas in the Thumb could get closer to a foot, due to lake-effect squalls. 

Linda Gilbert, a lead National Weather Service meteorologist in Marquette, said this storm system has been simply dumping snow on the U.P.

"The eastern portions of the Upper Peninsula, you're looking at anywhere from a foot to 18 inches of snow, on top of what's already fallen,," Gilbert said. "And it's certainly not out of the realm of possibility that some locations could see up to two feet by the time all is said and done."

There have been numerous spinout crashes in metro Detroit. During the afternoon commute, there were lane closures on I-75, I-94, I-96, I-696 and M-39 due to crashes. 

Police said multiple people were hurt in a crash that shut down Groesbeck Highway in Clinton Township, just south of Hall Road, Monday morning. 

Drivers are urged to give themselves more time to get where they're going and say it will stay wet, slow and slippery on the roads all night. 

"I think it's going to get even more treacherous later this afternoon and this evening," Devore said, "as things get icy and we drop down into the teens tonight, with real feels in the single digits." 

A handful of metro Detroit municipalities declared snow emergencies, meaning anyone who parks on the street could be ticketed. The following emergencies were declared:

  • Southgate -- Until 4 p.m. Tuesday
  • St. Clair -- Cars must be off streets by 7 a.m.
  • Westland -- Until 6 a.m. Tuesday
  • Eastpointe -- Cars must be off streets by 7 a.m.
  • Madison Heights -- Cars must be off streets by 2 a.m.
  • Warren -- Under snow emergency indefinitely

People who are flying out of Metro Airport will want to check their flight status ahead of time. There have been significant delays in departures, and arriving flights were delayed by about an hour. One woman tweeted that her Delta flight was diverted to Detroit, and she needed a ride to Washington D.C. 

In Chicago, more than 250 flights were canceled at O'Hare and Midway airports as a result of the snowy weather.  An American Airlines jet slid off runway at O'Hare, but no injuries were reported. ((See video here)).

Looking ahead to the rest of the week, AccuWeather says it'll be cold, cold, cold in metro Detroit. High temperatures will only get into the mid-20s Tuesday and Wednesday (the forecasted low Tuesday is a frigid 9 degrees), before reaching back into the mid-30s for the remainder of the week. 

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