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1-4 inches could snarl evening commute in Metro Detroit

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until 7 p.m. for Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and St. Clair counties due to the possibility of intense snow showers.

Occasional bands of heavy snow are expected to impact the region, especially north of the M-59 corridor, bringing accumulations of 1 to 4 inches.

The heaviest snow could reduce visibility to near zero as snow falls in excess of one inch per hour. The wintry weather is expected to cause snow-covered and slick roads, according to the weather service advisory.

Following the snow Thursday, the weather service is forecasting drier conditions Friday and warmer temperatures Saturday.

That's the basic three-day forecast for the metro area, according to the National Weather Service station in White Lake Township.

"We're expecting snow showers through most of the day tapering off Thursday evening," meteorologist Sara Schultz said. "The heavier snow is going to mostly follow along the M-59 corridor in Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair and Lapeer counties. Visibility will be down in the heavier snowfall areas so drivers should use caution while on the road."

According to the NWS, there will be snow on Friday and warmer temps begin to move in on Saturday.

"We'll be in the lower 40s on Saturday and then into the upper 40s on Sunday," Schultz said. "Detroit could make a run toward the 50s on Monday, but don't get used to it.

"On Tuesday we'll drop back down into the 30s."

Weather fact: On this date in 1957, an F3 tornado hit Wayne county at 6:50 p.m. resulting in one death, 12 injuries and $250,000 in damages.

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Extended forecast

Thursday: Breezy with light snow showers until 3 p.m. Accumulations of less than an inch.

Thursday night: There is a 40 percent chance of light snow showers. Lows of 12 to 16.

Friday: Partly cloudy until 4 p.m. and then mostly sunny. Highs of 25 to 29.

Friday night: There is a 30 percent chance of light freezing rain after midnight. Lows of 16 to 20 with temperature rising after midnight.

Saturday: There is a 40 percent chance of light showers with highs fo 39 to 43 degrees.

Saturday night: Cloudy with a chance of light showers. Lows of 34 to 38.

Sunday: Cloudy with showers likely and highs of 44 to 48.

Sunday night: Breezy with a 70 percent chance of rain. Lows of 40 to 44.

Monday: Breezy with a chance of showers. Highs of 47 to 51.

Monday night: Breezy and mostly cloudy. Lows of 30 to 40.

Tuesday: Breezy with a 30 percent chance of snow. Highs of 34 to 38.

Tuesday night: There is a 30 percent chance of snow showers with lows of 26 to 30.