Metro Detroit weather: Winter storm to bring snow, freezing rain

Precipitation to roll in overnight

By Ben Bailey - Chief Meteorologist

DETROIT - Metro Detroiters have dealt with snow and freezing rain this winter, and now we'll get both in one wallop of a winter storm.

There are multiple warnings and advisories in effect throughout the area. Click the red banner at the top of the home page for details on your county.

We'll stay dry and cold through midnight before winds start to crank as the storm approaches. Temperatures will fall to the mid-20s by midnight.

Precipitation will roll in overnight. This will start as snow and transition to freezing rain. The changeover will be quickest in the South Zone, which will get very little snow and more than a quarter-inch of accumulated ice in spots.

From I-94 north, snow will linger longer, especially in our North Zone. Most locations will see freezing rain shortly after sunrise Tuesday.

During the morning commute, freezing rain will be falling through most of the area. This will be coming on top of a couple inches of snow in most of the area.

Temperatures will reach above freezing before lunch, ending the ice threat. Any precipitation after that will be liquid, except possibly in our far North Zone, which might get additional snow.

A cold front will slice through following the evening commute, ending the widespread precipitation. Expect some wrap-around snow showers overnight into Wednesday morning. Most of that will be in our North and West zones.

Winds will be another challenge, with 10 to 15 mph winds and gusts reaching 30-plus mph at times. They'll be fastest during Tuesday's commutes, both early and late.

Beyond that, snow will return late Thursday, and plenty of cold will linger from the weekend into next week.

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