Metro Detroit weather: Scattered snowfall to continue Sunday

Snow accumulation to increase slowly throughout remainder of Sunday, Monday

Metro Detroit weather forecast for Jan. 31, 2021 -- 6 a.m. Update
Metro Detroit weather forecast for Jan. 31, 2021 -- 6 a.m. Update

DETROITA winter weather advisory is currently in effect for SE Michigan’s Lenawee, Monroe, Washtenaw and Wayne counties now until 10 p.m. Sunday

Welcome to Sunday, Motown.

About 1 to 3 inches of snow have already fallen Sunday morning. Snow continues to fall, and it will be scattered, Sunday afternoon. Travel will not be impossible, but we will see snow accumulation increase slowly. Lake effect snow is possible Monday. Sunshine returns in time for Groundhog Day mid-week.

Snow Activity

Sunday afternoon will be less snowy, but scattered light to moderate snow will be possible. Highs will be in the low 30s.

All drivers must reduce their speeds, put plenty of space between themselves and other drivers and watch out for pedestrians. Stopping distances are not helped by the layers of fresh and compacted snow that will accumulate.

If one has time, it does not hurt to gradually clear snow from the driveway or walkway periodically. Just remember to take frequent breaks. Families going out to play in the snow with their kids must make sure everyone remembers their coats, hats, scarves, gloves and toe warmers. Combined with masks, you’re all set to remain warm and healthy.

Sunset is at 5:47 p.m.

Sunday evening will have scattered, light snow with temps in the upper 20s. Sunday night becomes less snowy, but it remains cold -- so roads remain treacherous.

Snow totals

By Sunday night, 2 to 5 inches will have fallen south of Eight Mile Road; basically, in neighborhoods along I-94 from Detroit to Garden City, to Ann Arbor, to Chelsea and south of I-94. One to 3 inches will pile up between Eight Mile Road and I-69; namely in Howell to Pontiac, to Mt. Clemens and farther north for communities such as Oxford, Lapeer and Port Huron.

Monday, the wind direction will switch and blow from the north because of the counter-clockwise circulation around the area of low pressure. The wind off Lake Huron, which is mostly liquid, will deliver lake effect snow showers and snow squalls on Monday.

Monday snow accumulations will be greater where snow begins first. Neighborhoods south of I-94 will receive a two-day total of 4 to 6 inches of snow; some isolate spots may receive over 6 inches. From I-94 (to the south) and M-59 (to the north), Detroit, Westland, Ann Arbor to Howell, Pontiac, Shelby Township and Mt. Clemens will get 2 to 4 inches. One to 2 or 3 inches of snow will fall north of M-59. Some areas of the thumb region will hardly see any measurable snow accumulation at all.

Highs will be near 30 degrees Monday afternoon as lake effect snow adds an additional 1 to 3 inches of snow across most of the area.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be sunnier and will give Detroiters time to clean up and recover. Remember not to overexert yourself. Pace yourself and take frequent breaks while removing snow and ice. Highs will be in the low 30s mid-week, with mostly to partly sunny skies.

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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."