Snow to get heavier throughout day in Metro Detroit

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Light snow is falling around Metro Detroit Saturday morning but that will soon change as the first snowstorm of the season is bearing down on southeast Michigan. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from Saturday morning until Saturday evening.

On Friday night, three to seven inches of snow were forecast for Metro Detroit. About three inches were expected for Wayne, Lenawee and Monroe counties, while farther north the counties of Macomb, Oakland, Livingston, Washtenaw and St. Clair were projected to get 5-7 inches.

The advisory goes into effect at 5 a.m. Saturday until 9 p.m. Saturday.

“The biggest thing we want to hit home is that we’re going to have decent snowfall,” said Deb Elliott, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “People need to be prepared for that. Make allowance to leave early if you have to go somewhere. There might be some icy conditions, reduced visibility.”

Rain and snow showers started Saturday morning. The meaty portion of the front will arrive early Saturday afternoon and extend into the evening.

“The afternoon through the evening is when the bulk will fall” said Elliot.

On Friday, Detroit’s Department of Public Works reminded residents about its three-level snow removal policy.

In three inches of snow or fewer, DPW crews salt only major thoroughfares; in 3 to 6 inches of snow or freezing rain, crews plow and salt only major thoroughfares. In snowfalls of more than 6 inches, crews plow and salt major thoroughfares and contractors plow a 10-foot pass down the center of residential streets.

The high for Saturday will be in the upper 30s dropping to the lower 30s farther north.

“It will be wet on Saturday,” Elliott said, “but then we dry out again on Sunday.”

Extended forecast

Saturday: Snow mixed with rain around 7 a.m. High near 35. Snow accumulation of 4 inches possible.

Saturday night: Cloudy with a low of 25. There is a 60 percent chance of precipitation with a chance of 1 inch of snow.

Sunday: Mostly sunny with a high of about 32. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Sunday night: Partly cloudy with a low of about 20.

Monday: Sunny and 36.

Monday night: Cloudy and 26.

Tuesday: Partly sunny and 40.

Tuesday night: Cloudy and 28.

Wednesday: Sunny and 42.

Wednesday night: Cloudy and 35.

Thanksgiving Day: Mostly cloudy with a high of 47.