Spring Snowstorm Expected To Blanket Southeast Michigan Tonight

"We're going to see some late season snow, of all things"

April 27, 2019 - 3:12 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - The calendar may say it's spring, but we're about to get another taste of winter.

The National Weather Service says a low pressure system will bring accumulating snow to southeast Michigan between 11 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday. 

"It will rain steadily through the evening but eventually it gets cold enough to change it to snow after midnight," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Dave Bowers. "It will be streaking across the southernmost counties of the state first before coming up into the city."

The highest snowfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are expected near the M-59 and I-96 corridors. Lesser amounts are expected to the north and south. 

"This will be over by morning, but by then there could be a coating to an inch, perhaps even two, on some non-paved surfaces," said Bowers. 

Things will dry out for a second, but don't get used to the sunshine on Sunday -- more rain is coming.

"Behind this late season storm, we'll get the sun back out to melt whatever does fall with a high of 56 for Sunday," said Bowers. "And Monday the next storm comes along with some more rain and a high of 51 degrees. Then Tuesday we'll have yet a third storm to deal with, the rain developing mainly in the afternoon and that will continue Tuesday night into Wednesday."

In addition to the snow, a Lakeshore Flood Advisory has been issued for Monroe County, in effect from 11 p.m. Saturday until 11 a.m. Sunday. Forecasters say northeast winds will increase to 20 to 25 mph overnight with gusts to 30 mph, causing rising water levels on western Lake Erie. The high waves and water levels will lead to significant beach erosion in some areas and flooding in low lying areas along the lakeshore. Conditions will improve by midday Sunday as the winds decrease and back toward the north.

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

Sunday -- Clouds giving way to sun; cool. High 56. Low 37.

Monday -- Rain; chilly. High 51. Low 41.

Tuesday -- Mostly cloudy, a little rain, mainly later. High 54. Low 46.

Wednesday -- Periods of rain; a thunderstorm in the evening. High 60. Low 49.

Thursday -- Rain and a thunderstorm in the morning; cloudy. High 64. Low 47.

Friday -- Low clouds, a chance for showers. High 62. Low 41.

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