Snow, ice on its way to southeast Michigan
DETROIT – Snow and ice are on the way to Detroit and Southeast Michigan, but Wednesday evening and night plans will be safe. Slippery weather returns at the start of Thursday morning's commute.
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Wednesday evening will become partly cloudy and remain cold with temperatures in the mid and upper 20s. Families with dinner plans or anyone traveling to ice skate in Campus Martius will be greeted with dry road conditions.
Weather remains favorable, just colder, Wednesday night. Temps will decrease to the low 20s after midnight with skies becoming overcast.
Snow and ice return during Thursday's pre-dawn hours. At 4am, sleet and freezing rain will appear in Lenawee, Livingston and Washtenaw Counties and progress eastward. Snow will appear, at times. A thin layer of ice will be the main concern for morning commuters.
Any snow accumulations will be light during the morning and into the afternoon, but still pose as a significant nuisance, inconvenience or worse if not treated with extreme caution.
Areas south of 8 Mile, including the City Of Detroit, will have a greater mix of sleet and freezing rain with some snow during the AM rush hour up to the end of lunchtime. This will cut down on snow totals by the end of the afternoon, and layers of ice will appear. There is a better chance of snow and sleet in the afternoon. Up to 1 inch of snow is possible by 4pm; some isolated areas south of the Wayne-Oakland County and Washtenaw-Livingston County lines will have between 1 and 2 inches.
Areas north of 8 Mile, including Howell, Pontiac and Mount Clemens, will have snow and sleet. This will mean slightly more snow but a similar build-up of ice. Many neighborhoods in Livingston, Macomb and Oakland County will end up with 1 to 3 inches of snow by the end of Thursday afternoon. 2 to 3 inch accumulations are more likely north of M-59 (northern Oakland and northern Macomb Counties).
Genesee, Lapeer, Sanilac and St. Clair Counties are more likely to get snow with some sleet. 3 inches of new snow is possible along the I-69 corridor, with slightly more in isolated spots.
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