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Winter Storm Wallops Much Of U.S. -- But Did It Miss Metro Detroit?

February 20, 2019 - 3:34 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - It seems as though the latest winter wallop bearing down much of the nation may have, at least for the most part, missed metro Detroit.

A sprawling storm closed schools and snarled travel Wednesday, with snow and cold stretching from the Midwest to the East Coast and with heavy rain in the South, according to reports

And while earlier forecasts had call for a wintry mix of freezing rain and snow in Southeast Michigan, we haven't seen much to speak of. 

AccuWeather Meteorologist John Feerick says that although it's looking better, metro Detroit is not completely out of the woods just yet. 

Drivers should expect some slick travel. 

"We're still gonna be below the freezing mark the next couple of hours here," Feerick said, speaking live on WWJ Newsradio 950 at 3:08 p.m. "So there could be a little drizzle, certainly some icy spots -- anything that's left untreated out there."

"But as we head through the evening, we should climb into the mid-30s, so we go over to some plain rain as some steadier precipitation comes in a little later on this evening," he said. "So then the rain moves on out later on tonight and we'll drop back to 32, so there could be a few icy spots out there again toward daybreak."

Regardless, a Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 7 p.m. Wednesday for Washtenaw, Wayne, Lenawee and Monroe counties and until 10 p.m. for Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Livingston, Oakland and Macomb counties.

If you have immediate travel plans, doublecheck with your airline. Nationwide more than 2,000 flights were canceled and more than 3,400 were delayed Wednesday, according to FlightAware. The mid-Atlantic region was especially hard hit as airlines pulled flights ahead of the storm. Washington's Reagan National Airport led the pack Wednesday morning, with 37 percent of departures and 33 percent of arrivals canceled. 

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