3 inches of snow — and counting

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

After nearly 3 inches of snow throughout the day in some areas, Metro Detroit commuters faced more flakes on the ride home and in throughout the evening.

The National Weather Service predicts snow showers, mainly before 1 a.m., with total nighttime accumulation of less than half an inch possible. Temperatures should remain in the 20s with a light northeast wind.

"We could have a couple tenths of an inch still accumulate through 10 p.m.," said Deb Elliott, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township.

Snowfall totals through Wednesday evening included 2.5 inches at Detroit Metro Airport and Farmington; 2.2 inches in Livonia; and 1.6 inches in Howell, according to the weather service. An average of 1.5 inches of snow fell throughout Metro Detroit, Elliott said.

"Any time you have snowfall you could have some slick spots and slushy areas on the road," she said. "We recommend people take it slow and drive careful."

Wednesday's snow came a day after authorities said three people died in crashes on Michigan roads left slick by snow and ice.

In southeast Michigan, the Oakland County sheriff's department says 36-year-old Pedro Montanez of New Hudson was driving his three children to school when he hit ice and struck an oncoming pickup in Lyon Township. The crash killed Montanez and his 9-year-old son, Steven, and injured his 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter. In southwest Michigan, the Kalamazoo County sheriff's department says a 51-year-old Kalamazoo woman died when she crossed the center line and hit another vehicle in Comstock Township. The department on Wednesday identified her as Suzanne Martin.

In Metro Detroit, Thursday will be dry, partly cloudy and have a high of around 30.

"The rest of the week looks dry, right through the weekend," meteorologist Dan Thompson said. "Warmer weather will also move in with highs in the mid to upper 30s before it cools down to about 30 on Sunday. "All in all, it's pretty average weather for this time of year."

Detroit News Staff Writer Mark Hicks and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Wednesday night: There is a 50 percent chance of light snow until about midnight. Lows of 19 to 23.

Thursday: Scattered flurries and mostly cloudy. Highs of 27 to 31.

Thursday night: Partly cloudy with lows of 18 to 22.

Friday: Partly cloudy with highs of 32 to 36.

Friday night: Partly cloudy. Lows 22 to 26.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Highs 34 to 38.

Saturday night: Mostly cloudy. Lows 21 to 25.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Highs 28 to 32.

Sunday night: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Lows 17 to 21.