Wintry mix could make driving hazardous in much of Michigan
A wintry mix of all four types of precipitation Saturday night and continuing into Monday morning could make driving hazardous in much of Michigan.
The National Weather service issued a winter weather advisory for 7 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Monday for parts of central and west central Michigan.
"It's going to be a mix of precipitation — rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow with some accumulation of snow and ice," said Rich Pollman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's White Lake Township office. "It's going to lead to some travel issues Sunday morning."
Subtle differences in precipitation could produce dramatically different conditions, Pollman said.
"If you're traveling tomorrow across lower Michigan you want to keep up with the forecast," he said.
In parts of central and west central Michigan, mixed precipitation will develop this evening and become heavy overnight. Two to up to fives inches of snow are possible with the most near Reed City and Clare, and wind gusts over 30 mph are expected.
The weather service also issued hazardous weather outlooks for parts of southeast Michigan and southwest lower Michigan.
In southeast Michigan, including Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, a brief wintry mix is possible overnight, before transitioning to rain. Minor accumulations of ice will be possible, mainly north of M-59.
In southwest lower Michigan, freezing rain and snow are expected later Saturday afternoon into tonight, mainly north of Interstate 96. The wintry mix is expected to transition to mainly snow for Sunday afternoon and evening..
A gale warning, which means winds of 34 to 47 knots are occurring or imminent, is in effect from noon Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday for parts of Lake Michigan, where waves could build to eight to 12 feet this afternoon, and from 10 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday for Lakes St. Clair and Erie, with the largest significant waves at 11 feet and a potential maximum wave height of 16 feet.
As a result, the weather service issued a lakeshore flood statement for 10 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for Lakes St. Clair and Erie. High waves could cause erosion and damage property in low areas along the lakeshore, and flood roads, the weather service said.