February 18, 2014 at 7:58 am

Metro Detroit warming up today after receiving up to 6 inches of snow

According to a study by Princeton University, Inuits have at least 15 different words for snow.

The people of southeastern Michigan have only one, and it can’t be printed in a family newspaper.

But 4 to 6 inches more of that stuff layered itself over southeastern Michigan starting Monday afternoon and lasting into Tuesday morning.

“The storm came in at about 5 p.m. Monday and we still have some lingering show showers this morning, but for the most part it’s done,” said Sara Schultz, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, working out of White Lake Township.

A winter weather advisory that went into effect at 4 p.m. Monday was terminated at 4 a.m. Tuesday.

“The snow showers are moving off and the rest of Tuesday should be pretty dry,” Schultz said. “Temperatures will jump into the middle 30s for the Detroit area, and we should see some sun.”

The metro area will warm up even more on Wednesday when temperatures are expected to climb to an almost balmy 40 degrees.

According to the NWS, this week’s storm dropped 4.9 inches of snow in Wyandotte, 4.4 inches at Metro Airport, 2.5 in White Lake Township, 5 inches in Merrill and 3.8 inches in Newport.

To date, the metro area has accumulated 76.4 inches of snow. The average for this area is 42.5. According to the NWS, so far the winter of 2013-14 is the third snowiest on record.

The all-time record is 93.6 recorded in the winter of 1880-81.

Area freeways were snowy Tuesday morning but largely open in the metro area. The morning commute was slowed by numerous crashes, including:

■A two-vehicle crash on westbound Interstate 96 after Outer Drive that affected the right lane.

■A two-vehicle smash-up on SB I-75 at the Davison Freeway that shut down the right lane at 6:30 a.m.

■A two-vehicle crash on WB I-94 after Nine Mile that affected the right lane at 6:30 a.m.

■A crash involving two vehicles on WB I-696 after Groesbeck that shut down the left lane. There were no reports of injuries for any of the crashes.

Snow emergencies have been called in the following cities: Livonia, Berkley, Flat Rock, St. Clair, Milan, Garden City, Ferndale, Dearborn Heights and Dearborn. More are: Huntington Woods, Oak Park, Plymouth, South Lyons and Auburn Hills.

A check of flight status at Detroit Metropolitan Airport at 7:30 showed green across the board for departing flights with the exception of four cancellations destined for Toronto. It was a different story for arriving flights which showed cancellations for flights arriving from Saginaw, Escanaba, Washington, D.C., and Pellston.

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