Big snow hits Detroit, SE Michigan overnight, Sunday

6 to 10 inches by Monday morning

By Andrew Humphrey, CBM - Meteorologist And Station Scientist
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DETROIT - The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning in effect for Detroit and all of Southeast Michigan all day Sunday.

The warning begins at 12 midnight, Saturday night, and ends at 10 p.m., Sunday north of 8 Mile Road and in Washtenaw County. The warning begins at 7 a.m., Sunday, and ends at 10 p.m., Sunday.

Snow increases in its intensity Saturday night and into Sunday. Snowfall rates will grow greatly for anyone with late night plans. In fact, the best place to be is indoors the closer the region gets to Sunday morning when residents wake up to 1 to 3 inches of freshly fallen powder. 

Sunday will be snowy, treacherous and no walk in the park at all. Storm snow totals of 6 to 11 inches by midnight will be common in Southeast Michigan, including Detroit. Temps will be in the middle 20s all day.

As snow ends late Sunday night and Monday, another brutal push of dangerously frigid air takes over the Motor City area. Sunday night's and Monday morning's lows will be near 5 in the city and near 0 in the suburbs with wind chills below zero. Monday afternoon with have widely scattered snow showers with highs below 10 degrees.

People must be very cautious when staying warm by using blankets and extra clothing even when indoors at night and completely avoid using stoves or ovens for warmth. Candle and fireplaces need to be supervised at all times and be completely extinguished before bedtime. Anyone who has to use a generator must make sure it is outdoors, at least 15 feet from their home.

Tuesday morning' mercury will actually be below zero and Motown will struggle to reach 5 in the afternoon. Wind chills will be near -20 and -30 and reach -40 at times.

Wednesday remains frigid with subzero wind chills, lows in the single digits and highs barely reaching 15 degrees.

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