Super Bowl Sunday expected to be snowy in Metro area

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

For those with an eye Sunday on the Super Bowl — being played in Arizona — what they see on the TV screen likely will differ significantly from the scene outside their windows.

Heavy snowfall is expected to hit parts of southeast Michigan this weekend, the National Weather Service is predicting.

A winter storm watch is in effect for Wayne, Washtenaw, Monroe and Lenawee counties from late Saturday until after midnight Sunday night.

Snow accumulation could exceed 6 inches with the possibility of reaching 8 inches near the Ohio border.

"The further south we go the more snow we're going to get," said Phil Kurimski, senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township.

Northerly winds are expected to be 10 to 20 miles per hour and cause drifting snow in open areas, Kurimski said.

"When you get winds like that and fairly light snow it blows around a lot easier," he said.

Snow is also expected for Oakland and Macomb counties during the same time period, although expected totals don't rise to the level of a storm watch, Kurimski said.

As the weather service issued its winter storm watch, the city of Detroit announced its Department of Public Works snow removal policy and service improvements for 2015.

The city's three levels of service include: salting only major thoroughfares after 3 inches or less of snow/and or freezing rain; plowing and salting only major thoroughfares after 3 to 6 inches of snow and/or freezing rain; and the possible addition of contractors to plow residential streets after more than 6 inches of snow and/or freezing rain.

The city has increased its Department of Public Works trucks from 35 last year to 50 this winter, officials said.