Metro Detroit digs out after snowstorm that dumped up to 5 inches on region

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News
Radar shows snow falling across Michigan early Monday, Feb. 18, 2019.

A brief but intense snowstorm dropped nearly 6 inches of snow across parts of the region Sunday night leaving motorists with a messy commute Monday. 

The freeways were relatively free of crashes during morning rush hour, and only a speckle of customers have lost power in Southeast Michigan. Only one flight was canceled at Metro Airport and 16 flights were delayed

The National Weather Service says flurries continued until the 8 a.m. hour. Temperatures started out in the 20s and will "hover" there throughout the day. 

No significant additional snowfall was expected into Monday. The city of Plymouth declared a snow emergency Sunday evening that will remain in effect until noon Monday, city officials said. Sterling Heights declared its own snow emergency Monday morning as did the city of Livonia. 

A winter weather advisory remains until Monday morning for west Michigan. A portion of westbound Interstate 96 in east of Grand Rapids in Cascade Township was closed for hours after a crash involving 25 vehicles about 1 p.m. Sunday, according to Three people were taken to hospitals, the report said. High speeds on snow-covered roads during limited visibility were to blame, the station said, citing Michigan State Police.


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Romulus reported 2 inches, Ann Arbor, 5 inches, and Berkley and Canton Township each received 5.5 inches of snow. Howell recorded 2.8 inches. The heaviest snowfall came between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday, Freitag said.

Snow was expected to diminish in portions of west, central, south central and west central Michigan, with additional accumulations of 1-2 inches through Monday morning. 

Winds were expected to remain about 15 mph with no major drifting expected Monday.