Winter Storm Warning: 5-8 Inches Of Snow Expected In Metro Detroit

WWJ News
January 17, 2020 - 1:45 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) - The extended metro Detroit area is expected to be hit with several inches of snow Friday night in its first significant winter storm of the new decade.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 10 p.m. Friday until noon Saturday for Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Wayne, Lenawee and Monroe counties. All other counties in southeast Michigan are under a Winter Weather Advisory for the same time span. 

Forecasters say snow will develop between 10 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday with a chance for very high snowfall rates, possibly up to 2 inches per hour. The heaviest snowfall will take place in the 1 to 7 a.m. time frame on Saturday.

Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches are expected by Saturday afternoon.

Plan on slippery road conditions. Visibilities will also be decreased in areas of heavy snow. Travel is strongly discouraged, the National Weather Service says. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Meamwhile, multiple local municipalities have posted snow emergencies, meaning parked vehicles have to be moved from the streets. 

Auburn Hills, Birmingham, Farmington, Harper Woods, Hazel Park, Oak Park, Romulus and Warren, are among the cities that issued snow emergencies ahead of the storm. This is not an exhaustive list, however, and times vary — so check your city or township's social media for information relevant to you. 

Those who don't move their vehicles could be ticketed and/or have their vehicles towed.  

Forecasters say the snow will mix with sleet as temperatures rise and then change to a light drizzle by noon Saturday. Then, winds gusting up to 35 MPH will usher in cold air for Saturday night. 

We might see some leftover flurries on Sunday, but nothing to really add to the accumulation. It will be bitterly cold, though, with temperatures around 25 degrees and a wind chill of 9 degrees. 

Here's a look at the forecast from the WWJ Weather Team:

Friday -- Some sun with increasing clouds. Snow overnight. High near 30. Low 26.

Saturday -- Snow, then a wintry mix and breezy. High near 40. Low around 20.

Sunday -- Cloudy, breezy. High around 25. Low 16.

Monday -- Partly sunny. High 26. Low 14.

Tuesday -- Partly sunny. High near 27. Low around 17.

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