Winter storm could bring 3-8 inches of snow to Metro Detroit Wednesday: What to know

Winter storm watch in effect for 3 counties on Wednesday

4Warn WeatherGood Tuesday morning!

It’ll be a cloudy and cool Tuesday with a westerly breeze. This is the calm before our next significant snowmaker. Highs will be much like Monday, peaking in the mid-30s.

A winter storm watch will go into effect at 7 a.m. on Wednesday and last through 10 p.m. Wednesday for Wayne, Lenawee and Monroe counties.

Heavy snowfall approaches

Heavy snow will be likely on Wednesday. We are looking at widespread 3-6 inches, with our far southeastern communities seeing pockets of 5-8 inches possible. The lighter amounts of snow will be to our northwest.

The onset of snow appears as if it will come mainly after the morning commute, so the biggest travel impacts will occur as conditions deteriorate steadily from late morning into the evening commute.

The heaviest snow rate will occur between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday. Travel will be greatly impacted by the snowfall and the gusty easterly winds of 20-30 mph that will further reduce visibility due to blowing and drifting snow.

Rest of this week’s forecast

We get a break in the snow on Thursday, although we will keep the chance of a few light flurries around. High temperatures top out in the low 30s.

High temperatures remaining of the low 30s Friday afternoon. We could get another round of snow working into the region by the end of the week on Friday night.

Weekend weather

Looking ahead to the weekend, we keep the cloud cover into the forecast on Saturday, before yet another chance of snow moves in with another disturbance on Sunday.

High temperatures remain in the low 30s both Saturday and Sunday with chilly nighttime lows on either side of 20.

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About the Author:

Ashlee Baracy is an Emmy award-winning meteorologist who was born and raised in Metro Detroit. You can catch her 4Warn Weather forecasts weekday mornings, at noon and streaming on Local4+.