SE Michigan bracing for first major winter storm

Winter Weather Advisory until Thursday morning

By Paul Gross - Meteorologist

DETROIT - Southeast Michigan is bracing for the first major snowstorm of the season.

National Weather Service officials say a winter storm is expected to dump four to eight inches of snow on the region between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

Temperatures are expected to hover around 32 degrees on both days, with wind gusts approaching 30 mph Wednesday and 20 mph Thursday.

The Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula got up to 20 inches of snow in a storm that hit last Thursday. A moderate snowfall on Christmas Eve made travel risky and caused dozens of spinout accidents around the state.

Winter Weather Advisory in effect until Thursday

Snow will develop this afternoon and become heavy at times by late afternoon and evening. Wind will also increase today, and blow from the northeast at 15 to 25 mph this afternoon. Near steady temperatures in the low 30s.

Snow and wind continue tonight, with lows in the mid to upper 20s. Average snowfall should be around 3 to 4 inches, with an additional inch or two possible closer to Lake Huron.

Snow tapers off Thursday morning, and some of us may even see a peek of sun by mid afternoon.

Complete weather forecast:

Live radar: Snowfall in Michigan

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