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Snow, cold wind chill for morning commute

Holly Fournier and Candice Williams
The Detroit News

If you thought Monday was cold, brace for even colder conditions this morning as more winter-like weather sweeps through southeast Michigan, bringing in some places snow squalls during the morning commute.

The National Weather Service in White Lake Township issued a winter weather advisory for Oakland County, Livingston, Washtenaw, Genesee and Shiawassee counties until noon Tuesday due to lake effect snow showers.

Snow showers are expected to increase in intensity through morning, with some snow squall activity in the morning. Wind chill will drop from 0 to 5 below between 3 a.m. and 9 a.m., with westerly wind gusts near 30 mph., according to the weather service.

The Lake Michigan shoreline could see 6-16 inches of snow by Tuesday, while 4-18 inches could fall along Lake Superior, the weather service said.

Up to 4 inches of snow is expected in spots through Tuesday morning, according to Dan Thompson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The heaviest snowfall could be along the M-59 corridor from the Howell to Pontiac area, Thompson said.

He warned motorists to be careful on the roads.

“The lake effect showers will create some hazardous travel in some areas,” Thompson said. “The visibility can change pretty rapidly. You could be driving along and the visibility could be fine. A minute later visibility could drop to a mile or less.”

Highs for Tuesday are expected to be in the 20s with wind chills in the single digits.

On Wednesday, the high is expected to be in the lower 30s and the low in the lower 20s.

Icy roads and winds gusting to 44 miles per hour caused dangerous driving conditions in parts of Michigan on Monday night.

Slippery roads and spin-out crashes were reported on Monday in the Metro Detroit, which had a light coating of snow on the ground.

The Metro Detroit area should see some relief this weekend with highs in the mid-30s Saturday and in the mid-40s Sunday.

The average high for this time of year is in the upper 40s with average lows in the mid-30s, according to National Weather Service.

The lake-effect snow follows a dusting Sunday night into Monday morning that covered the area with around one-half to one inch of snow.

Metro Airport and Ann Arbor both received almost 1 inch of snow, while White Lake Township saw less than one-half inch, according to the weather service.

Associated Press contributed.