Nasty travel day in Michigan on Wednesday: Snow, rain, and wind

More than foot of snow possible Up North

Precipitation map from National Weather Service for Nov. 27, 2019.
Precipitation map from National Weather Service for Nov. 27, 2019.

DETROIT – If you’re planning on traveling in the state on Wednesday, ahead of Thanksgiving, you’re in for a treat.

It’s going to be a nasty day around the state, with parts of the state getting a big snow storm, while other parts will see rain, ice and high winds. Here’s what to expect around the state:

Metro Detroit:

Here’s the latest from Brandon Roux:

Rain and thundershowers will wake you at times through the early hours of Wednesday all over SE Lower Michigan and Southern Ontario. Wednesday is a huge travel day, and it’s an absolute soaker through the morning so be careful. We will likely see our high temps around noon tomorrow in the mid 50s and then temps will tumble as the winds start cranking SSW 20-30 mph gusting 35-45 mph during the afternoon and evening.

Most of the wet weather is moving east quickly leaving us with only scattered afternoon rain showers and/or a wintry mix. Both hands on the wheel for those gusty winds which can move vehicles around on the road. (Read more here)

Northern Lower Michigan

A strong storm system tonight through Wednesday evening will bring rain, snow and windy conditions leading to hazardous pre-Thanksgiving travel across parts of Michigan. Monitor later outlooks for more details as a small change in the storm track will have big implications on precipitation type and amounts. - NWS Gaylord


Upper Peninsula:

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for most the Upper Peninsula, with a Blizzard Warning in effect for Keweenaw County, starting at 1 a.m. on Wednesday.

“Except for near Lake Michigan, travel will become difficult to near impossible as snowfall rates of 1-2+” per hour and winds gusting to 30-40+ mph lead to significant blowing and drifting snow and whiteout conditions.

Sporadic power outages are possible near Lake Superior, especially in Keweenaw County where gusts will approach 50 mph. Negaunee and Ishpeming may be in line for as much as two feet of snow.”

“In addition to the snow potential, winds will start to increase Tuesday night as well. With gusty winds expected, wave heights will also increase and would enhance concerns for lakeshore flooding and beach erosion. Remember to always respect the power of the Great Lakes!” - NWS Marquette


West Michigan:

Here’s a look at how the pre-Thanksgiving day storm will evolve. Steady rain will arrive Tuesday night. Wednesday morning, southwest winds will ramp up and become westerly during the day.

Significant dune erosion is possible Wednesday afternoon and evening.


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