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What To Expect From The Next Winter Storm That's Set To Strike Tonight Through Wednesday

There's A Winter Storm Watch; Thundersnow Possible

February 11, 2019 - 4:41 pm

(WWJ) Michigan is on its usual winter weather roller coaster ride -- clench and release. At the top, enjoy the sun, but don't get used to it; Same for the snow when you hit the bottom.

After a snowstorm caused near whiteout conditions across some areas of the state Sunday night and left a few inches of the white stuff dusted around the region, another burst of bad weather is expected tonight, continuing into Tuesday and Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch, in effect from midnight Monday until 7 a.m. Wednesday -- with potential for freezing rain, significant snow, sleet and ice accumulations that may impact travel. 

"We've got a wintry situation that has some problems in it," WWJ AccuWeather meteorologist Dean Devore said. "It's going to be a situation that changes. We're going to start wintry. ... With a lot of metro Detroit in plain rain for a time tomorrow, but I'm really worried about tomorrow night into Wednesday morning with a back end that could have some heavier blasts of snow and some ice-ups that could occur quickly."  

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Devore said there's a chance metro Detroit will get some thundersnow before it's all over with. 

"It looks like a mass of cold air is really going to start to push into this tomorrow night," he added. "It could touch off what I'm going to call thunder squalls -- with some heavy snow showers and some rumbles." 

* WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation possible. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches possible south of the M-59 corridor, with 2 to 4 inches possible between the M-59 and I-69 corridors. Total ice accumulations of one to three tenths of an inch possible, with highest totals between the I-94 and M-59 corridors. Wind gusts in excess of 30 mph may create areas of blowing snow and near whiteout conditions at times. Thunder snow possible late Tuesday.

* WHERE...Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Wayne, Lenawee, and Monroe counties. 

* WHEN...From 1 a.m. Tuesday through 3 p.m. Wednesday. 

Travel conditions across all of metro Detroit will be treacherous, especially for the Tuesday morning commute. Scattered power outages will be possible.

With all that in mind, Michigan State Police are reminding motorists that even during inclement weather, drivers are responsible for maintaining control of their vehicles at all times. Motorists are encouraged to check travel conditions and weather reports before driving.

“Freezing rain and accumulating ice increase the likelihood of power outages and can cause hazardous conditions on the roadways,” said Capt. Emmitt McGowan, deputy state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division. “We are asking residents to report any outages or downed power lines to their utility company and to use caution when traveling.”

MSP urge Michiganders to take the following precautions:

  • Stay at least 25 feet from any downed lines and assume that every line is “live” and dangerous. Report outages to your utility company.
  • Drive slow on ice and snow. Motorists are reminded to take extra precautions when stopping and turning.
  • DO NOT crowd snowplows. Give snowplow drivers plenty of room to clear snow from the roads.
  • Keep an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle stocked with a cell phone charger, batteries, battery powered or hand-crank radio, flashlight, windshield scraper, jumper cables, shovel, blankets, first aid kit, non-perishable food and bottled water in the event you get stranded or stuck.
  • If you are stranded, do not leave your vehicle. Stay with the vehicle and wait for help.

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