Rain, sleet, snow: What you need to know

The Detroit News

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for much of northern southeast Michigan through 11 a.m. Thursday, with up to 13 inches of snow forecasted for some areas. Meanwhile, 3-6 inches are expected for southern areas of Wayne, Lenawee and Monroe counties, where a special weather statement is in effect.


The service also has released a timeline for the snowstorm headed toward Metro Detroit. Here's what to expect:

Accumulation: Up to 13 within the most persistent snow. The far southeast will see lower snow totals around 3-6 inches.

Timing: Wet snow to focus on M-59 north into Wednesday evening. Some sleet and rain mixed from parts of Metro Detroit south into early evening.

Winds: Northeast gusting to 35 mph leading to extensive blowing and drifting of snow Wednesday night and Thursday. Near white-out conditions are possible.

Storm leaves outages; some schools, state offices shut

Impacts: Hazardous travel; reduction of visibility in blowing and drifting snow


Start: Snow will continue to spread in southeast Michigan through 11 a.m. Thursday.

Peak: Noon- 10 p.m.. Wednesday snowfall rates of 1+ inches per hour likely.

End: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Thursday snow will taper off during the late morning.