SE Michigan sees first traces of snow for season

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Southeast Michigan saw the first traces of snow this season on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

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There was a mix of rain and snow in the northern parts of Oakland County including White Lake Township, Pontiac and Clarkston, said Deb Elliott, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township. Sleet was reported in parts of Troy and Brighton.

“It’s been a little bit on the fluctuating side,” Elliott said. “It will switch over to a wet heavy snow for a few seconds. It’s not predominately snow though.”

“We’re just expecting more of the same through the afternoon and early part of the evening,” she continued. “A mix of rain and snow. Mostly rain.”

Trace amounts of snow are typical for this time of year, Elliott said. The earliest date for measurable snowfall — more than a tenth of an inch — for the Detroit area is Oct. 12, with the average date Nov. 17.

No more snow is expected for the rest of the week for the Metro Detroit area, Elliott said. The weather is too warm for that.

“This system will move through (Thursday),” she said. “Temperatures are warming up.”

Temperatures are expected to be in the 50s on Thursday with overnight lows in the 30s into Friday.

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