Metro Detroit Winter Weather Advisory: Wintry mix changes to snow overnight into Wednesday

Snow to fall through Wednesday

DETROIT – A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Detroit and all of Southeast Michigan late Tuesday to Wednesday night.

Snowy conditions are on the way tonight and tomorrow. We trade our sunglasses in for shovels once the snow arrives and develops. By the end of the week and the weekend, it becomes bright again, but we will definitely need our winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves.

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Tuesday evening will be chilly and cloudy. Temperatures will fall from the upper to mid-30s. Rain and snow develop and move in from the south and west. As it becomes colder, it changes to all snow. Families must use extreme caution, especially while traveling home, as they go to and from services and events like the Red Wings game in Detroit and the Spartans basketball game in East Lansing.

Tuesday night will be snowy and cold. Overnight lows will be in the low 30s. Anyone with plans or who is working late will need to be extra careful on the roads as they become more slippery and more dangerous by the hour.

Snow continues to fall, and it will be heavy at times on Wednesday. It remains cold, with temperatures in the low and mid-30s all day. Highways, streets and sidewalks will be treacherous if left untreated. Up to an inch may be on the ground by midnight heading into Wednesday. One to 3 inches will have fallen by dawn Wednesday. Two to 4 inches of new snow will be on the ground by lunchtime with more still falling.

Snow totals by Wednesday night will be between 4 and 8 inches across a wide swath of Southeast Michigan. These amounts are possible in neighborhoods and cities, including Detroit, in between the Ohio border to the south and I-69 to the north.

Snow leaves the area Wednesday night and Thursday and is replaced by much colder air. As we dig out, Thursday’s temperatures will be in the low to upper 20s with wind chills in the single digits and teens all day.

Friday and Saturday will be sunnier but still frigid. Morning lows will be in the teens each day with windchill‘s near 0°F. Afternoon highs will be in the middle and upper 20s.

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About the Author:

Andrew Humphrey is an Emmy Award winning meteorologist, and also an AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM). He has a BSE in Meteorology from the University of Michigan and an MS in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he wrote his thesis on "The Behavior of the Total Mass of the Atmosphere."