Storm dumps 1½ feet of snow on parts of Michigan; Detroit area sees most since 1974

Some SE Michigan snow totals exceed 1 foot

DETROIT – A winter storm dropped 1½ feet of snow as it passed over Michigan's Lower Peninsula, snarling traffic and extending the weekend for children at hundreds of schools.

The National Weather Service says 16.7 inches fell at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus on Sunday and Monday. The agency says it was the No. 3 snow on record for Detroit and the area's most since a 19.3-inch dump Dec. 1-2, 1974.

Metro Detroit forecast

Winter Storm Warning ended at 7 a.m., but not after a major storm left a record snow in its wake.

That storm center is moving east and we will see the snow gradually winding down this morning.

Our Winter Storm Warning is over and the snow and blowing snow tail off through the mid morning.

Many of you saw over a foot and Metro Airport received 13.7" Sunday, setting a record for snow totals on February 1st in Detroit.

While the snowfall winds down, the winds likely will continue through the day. So watch out for blowing snow and grab the shades if you dare head out.

We will see some sun into the afternoon with cold air leaving us in the mid teens today and wind chills near and at times below zero.

Winds today are from the north-northwest, 10-20 mph gusting stronger at times.

Highs Tuesday will be in the low 20s with a breeze from the SW 5-15 mph. A light snow will move in late. Early sun is expected to be replaced by afternoon clouds.

Get ready for an Alberta Clipper early Wednesday bringing another inch to maybe two for the hump day morning commute.

National Weather Service snow totals

  • Detroit Metro Airport: 16.7 inches
  • Novi, Oakland County: 11.5 inches
  • Rochester, Oakland County: 13.1 inches
  • Shelby Township, Macomb County: 14.5 inches
  • Elba, Lapeer Township: 11 inches
  • Carleton, Monroe: 13.1 inches
  • Saginaw: 7.1 inches
  • Wyandotte, Wayne County: 16.5
  • Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County: 14.1 inches
  • Flint, Genesee County: 9.2 inches
  • Allen Park, Wayne County: 14 inches
  • Algonac, St. Clair County: 14 inches

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How to shovel safely:  

• Avoid shoveling immediately after eating a large meal.

• Before shoveling, warm-up by stretching muscles, especially in the morning. Muscles are less susceptible to injury during physical activity after a warm-up.

• Avoid dehydration by drinking fluids before and during shoveling, but not coffee (see above). Breathing cold air dehydrates the body.

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