Winter on march as cold, snow move into Metro area

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

A winter storm watch is in effect from early Saturday morning through Saturday evening in Metro Detroit as the National Weather Service expects snow to develop across the region early Saturday morning while increasing in intensity throughout the day.

Snowfall totals could reach in excess of 5 inches, according to the weather service.

“Cooler air is moving into the region,” said Bryan Tilley, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township. “It’s dry with a high in the lower to mid-40s. We don’t expect any snow to start moving in until after midnight.”

There will be a mix of rain and snow in southern Macomb and Oakland counties as well as in Washtenaw and Wayne counties, Tilley said.

The watch is in place from 5 a.m. Saturday until 9 p.m. Saturday.

Further north, three to 6 inches of snow is expected Saturday along the Interstate 69 corridor.

Messy weather means one thing for fashion-conscious Detroiter Jermere Nickerson.

“It will change what shoes I wear,” said Nickerson who turns to his boot collection in colder weather.

His cousin Cheyna Holmes said the forecast won’t change any of her plans. It’s expected for November, she said. “We’re Detroiters,” she said. “We’re used to messy sleet.”

According to the NWS, the Saginaw area could receive up to 6 inches of snow, 5 inches in Flint and 3 inches around Ann Arbor.

The southwest portion of the state is also looking at a snowy and windy weekend.

Dry conditions will prevail for the beginning of next week with highs in the 40s and lows in the 30s.

Extended forecast

Friday: Increasingly cloudy with a high of 41.

Friday night: There is a 30 percent chance of rain mixed with some snow. The low will be about 32.

Saturday: There is an 80 percent chance of precipitation, mostly rain mixed with snow. The high temperature will be 36.

Saturday: There is a 60 percent chance of precipitation with a low of about 26.

Sunday: Sunny and 34.

Sunday night: Partly cloudy and 19.