Snow, sleet, freezing rain on the way to Metro Detroit

Tom Greenwood and Mark Hicks

The first couple days of March might have started on a mild note in Metro Detroit, but that's about to change.

Snow, sleet and freezing rain are on the way to the region Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued a winter weather advisory for Washtenaw, Wayne, Lenawee and Monroe countries from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"We're looking at a little bit of everything: snow, sleet and rain," said National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Considine.

Morning snow between 8-10 a.m. will change to sleet then rain in the afternoon, he said. As much as 1-2 inches of snow is expected, with higher totals north of M-59.

"There won't be a lot of precipitation, but it might be sloppy," Considine said.

Freezing rain is possible between noon and 4 p.m., with up to one-tenth of an inch of ice expected, according to NWS.

Temperatures should rise above freezing between 2-4 p.m. ending the threat for wintry precipitation, the weather service said. But the combination of snow and ice could make for hazardous conditions on untreated roads.

According to the NWS, temperatures will remain in the 30s for Wednesday then dive into the teens Thursday.

Nighttime lows for Thursday are expected to dip near zero . Highs Friday could top out in the 20s.

The cool-down follows last month's average temperature of 14.1 degrees — the second coldest February on record and the fifth coldest on record, NWS data shows. The coldest February and overall month was in 1875, when the average temperature was 12.2 degrees.

February 2015 also recorded 10 below zero days — the second highest total for any February, behind the 14 in 1875 — as well as five record lows and one record low maximum temperature.

The average temperature was comparable to normal February values for Edmonton, Alberta, and Caribou, Maine, the weather service.

Detroit also notched 26.4 inches of snow in February, making it the seventh snowiest, NWS said.

Extended forecast

Monday night: Mostly cloudy with lows of 14 to 18.

Tuesday: Light snow until 1 p.m., then a chance of light sleet followed by light rain in the afternoon. Highs of 36 to 40.

Tuesday night: Patchy drizzle until around midnight. Lows of 25 to 29.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy with highs of 27 to 31.

Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with lows of 1 to 7.

Thursday: Partly cloudy with highs of 15 to 19.

Thursday night: Mostly clear with lows of 1 below to 5 above.

Friday: Partly cloudy with highs of 21 to 25.

Friday night: Partly cloudy with lows of 15 to 19.