Freezing drizzle forecast for Monday morning commute

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A winter weather advisory with patchy drizzle, freezing rain and light snow has been issued for parts of southeast Michigan and beyond, possibly setting up a rough morning commute.

A light glaze of ice from freezing rain with a snowy mix is forecast. The advisory ends at 9 a.m. Monday, the National Weather Service said.

Areas affected by the advisory include Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Livingston, Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Cities include Bad Axe, Saginaw, Caro, Owosso, Flint, Detroit, Port Huron, Howell, Pontiac, Warren, Ann Arbor and Monroe.

Other areas affected include central, south central, southwest and west central Michigan.

Monday's high is expected to be 40 in Metro Detroit with a low of 32. Tuesday is expected to see a high of 47 and a low of 30. 

The freezing drizzle advisory follows Saturday, which saw extremes on both ends, weather-wise, in Detroit. It was the warmest day of early 2020 as temperatures reached 55 but it was the rainiest day of the year.

Motorist travel through a flooded intersection at Dexter Avenue at Davidson Highway in Detroit on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.

By the time 2 inches of rain fell, it left a half-inch of ice in some parts of  southeast Michigan. Rains were so heavy that the Michigan Department of Transportation closed the southbound side of the Southfield Freeway, at the Dearborn-Allen Park border, for more than 12 hours due to flooding.  

The southbound Southfield Freeway was reopened in the 9 a.m. hour Sunday.

The 2 inches of rain Saturday were more than the monthly average for Detroit in January, 1.96 inches.

Flood warnings were canceled Sunday in Ionia, Eaton Rapids, Marshall and for the Rouge River in Detroit but remained in effect for the north branch of the Clinton River near Mount Clemens, the Huron River, River Raisinand the Saginaw River in Saginaw.

Ecorse Creek and Rouge River experienced flooding after being hit with more than a quarter-inch of rain,  according to the weather service. 

DTE Energy, electricity provider for 2.2 million homes and businesses in southeast Michigan, had 889 remaining customers without power and 32 outages by 11:44 p.m. Sunday. Consumers Energy, the biggest provider for the out-state market, had 19 remaining customers without power with seven outages.