Icy roads expected during SE Michigan morning rush hour
Light snow and patchy drizzle were expected to end overnight Sunday, with temperatures above freezing until colder air moves in closer to sunrise Monday during the peak morning rush-hour, the National Weather Service said.
The weather service had issued winter weather advisories for much of the state with 3.3 inches of snow in some counties before the advisories expired late Sunday. Visibility during the peak accumulation period dropped to about one-quarter mile at times through the evening.
As of 10 p.m. Sunday, Novi recorded 3 inches of snow; Saginaw, 2.8 inches; Flint, 3.3 inches in some areas; 1.6 in Garden City; 2.5 in Midland; Ann Arbor, 1 inch; Adrian, 2; and Romulus, 1.3 inches.
Additional accumulations were expected before morning, the weather serviced said, with more snow headed to the region late Wednesday through Thursday. A surge in arctic air producing strong winds and high waves could come Thursday for Lakes Erie, Huron and St. Clair, the weather service indicated.
A low-pressure system from the central Plains "racing across lower Michigan" was to blame, said Dave Kook, a meteorologist with the weather service's White Lake Township office.
Kook said Michigan typically sees a dozen 2-4-inch snow events each winter, but this one has been relatively mild with more rain than usual. The weather service is urging motorists to slow down and use caution while driving.
Regional snowfall expected
►Wayne, Washtenaw, Lenawee and Monroe counties, 2-3 inches
►Allegan, Barry, Eaton and Ingham counties, 2-3 inches
►Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun and Jackson counties, 2-3 inches
►Flint, Midland, Bay City, Port Huron, Pontiac and Warren, 2-4 inches
►Central and west central Michigan including Mount Pleasant and Ludington, 3-5 inches
►Central, south central, southwest and west central Michigan including Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, and Muskegon, 2-5 inches
►Northern lower Michigan including Traverse City, 4-6 inches