Storm dumping snow, rain across Mich., Metro Detroit

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A few days into spring, a wintry storm is dumping snow across parts of Michigan — with rain on the way for Metro Detroit.

The heaviest rain was expected in Metro Detroit by late morning and throughout the afternoon, said Dave Gurney, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service station in White Lake Township.

As much as 7.8 inches of snow were reported in Bay County by Wednesday night, while 2.4 inches fell between about 1-6 p.m. some two miles west of Peck in Sanilac County, according to the National Weather Service. Other totals included 4.3 inches in Saginaw and 4 in Marlette.

The service forecasts rain south of the Interstate 69 corridor. Snow, up to 6 inches in some spots, was expected throughout the Thumb and middle regions. A winter storm warning is in effect through 11 a.m. Thursday for areas including Midland, Bad Axe, Saginaw, Caro and Sandusky.

Overnight Wednesday, snow was expected to transition in those areas to ice , “with several hours of freezing rain and sleet expected overnight before temperatures start to rise in the morning,” the weather service said. “Ice accumulation between a tenth and a quarter of an inch possible, with the highest amounts and longest duration expected over Midland and Bay counties.”

Forecasters say gusty winds combined with the heavy snow and ice could damage trees and power lines.

By Wednesday night, DTE Energy reported a cluster of fewer than 100 outages near Cass City in the Thumb. The Consumers Energy website showed a smaller swath in Ogemaw County.

Southeast Michigan, including Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Wayne, Lenawee and Monroe counties, will see rain overnight into Thursday. Thunderstorms also are possible, with new rainfall amounts less than an inch, according to the weather service website.

“We have just a light drizzle falling across the area now and that’s going to continue on and off through the nighttime hours here,” Gurney said.

The downpours should continue through late Thursday as highs reach the 50s and winds could gust as high as 24 mph.

Then, as the thermometer dips into the low 30s overnight, the rain could mix with sleet and freezing rain before changing to snow showers by Friday morning. Temperatures should top out in the mid-40s and drop around the freezing mark before rising to the low 50s on Saturday.