Winter storm rolling into SE Michigan

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Sanilac, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties until 11 a.m. Thursday.

We’re less than 24 hours away from our next winter storm. Everyone will have something to shovel by Thursday afternoon.  The question is: how much?

Conditions leading up to the storm will be relatively calm. Tonight, clouds will start increasing. Temperatures will drop to around 32 degrees at daybreak, when the first of the precipitation arrives.

Rain and snow start moving in from the south. Rain on the east side, and snow on the west side. Even some areas that see morning snow in Livingston and Oakland counties may see it change to rain in the afternoon.  High temperatures will get close to 40 degrees again. Eventually colder air will change all the precipitation to snow by midnight. And we’ll see most of our accumulating snow from midnight through noon on Thursday.
Total accumulations will range between 3 inches on the far east side and 8 inches.


Winds on Thursday will be gusting over 30 mph at times so expect blowing and drifting of the drier snow that falls on Thursday morning. That could add to our driving challenges during the morning commute.

After that system exits, we’ll be dry on Friday but keep temperatures below freezing all day with mostly cloudy skies.  The weekend will be mainly dry until another round of snow rolls in late Sunday into Monday.

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