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Winter Weather Advisory: Power Out, Flights Canceled, More Snow Coming Tonight

February 12, 2019 - 3:30 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) - Take a breath, and prepare for another winter blast.

Falling snow and icy road conditions descended on the Metro Detroit area Tuesday night, with temperatures hovering slightly under freezing.

With this latest round of snow, a Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Livingston and Washtenaw Counties through 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Here's What's Happening:

  • More than 700 SE Michigan schools were closed or delayed Tuesday — including all Detroit public schools. **Check the School Closings List 
  • With as many as 150 flight cancellations at Detroit Metro Airport, air travelers are urged to check with their airlines regarding flight status.
  • About 30,000 DTE Energy customers were without power for much of the day, due to freezing rain and ice. A spokesperson said there were around 175 power lines down across metro Detroit as of Tuesday afternoon.
  • Consumers Energy is reporting nearly 76,000 outages -- mostly in Monroe and Lenawee Counties. 
  • The Mackinac Bridge was closed Tuesday afternoon, with visibility "practically non-existent." ((Get updates and live video from the bridge here)).

What's Next: The National Weather Service says a quick couple of inches of snow accumulation is likely Tuesday evening, especially in areas north of Detroit. Scattered snow squalls are possible late Tuesday night into Wednesday, with near whiteout conditions at times.

WWJ AccuWeather Meteorologist Dave Samuel said that as temperatures will take nosedive overnight, drivers should prepare for more poor conditions on roads and freeways Wednesday.

"We'll wind up in the 20s by late tonight, and we'll stay in the 20s most of the day tomorrow," Samuel said. "A slippery morning commute (is expexted), with the snow showers and also residual wet roadways turning icy out there, so please keep that in mind for tomorrow morning."

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