Winter weather advisory issued for heavy snowfall early Sunday

The Detroit News

Expect snowfall of two to six inches overnight and into Sunday in Metro Detroit, part of a winter weather system moving up from the southwest.

The snowfall is expected to be heaviest nearest the Michigan-Ohio border and begin Saturday night, hitting much of Metro Detroit in the early morning hours on Sunday.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township issued a winter weather advisory for parts of south central and southwest Michigan beginning at midnight tonight that continues until 10  p.m. Sunday. The advisory covers Lenawee, Wayne, Washtenaw and Monroe counties. 

"We're going to have snow developing tonight from southwest to northeast. It will probably hold off through the evening hours. Really, after midnight it will spread in," said Steven Freitag, a meteorologist with the Weather Service. 

James Banks shovels a snow covered sidewalk along Lawrence Street in Detroit on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

In Ann Arbor, Detroit and locations south toward the Ohio border there will be "significant accumulation," he said. By 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday, he added, there will be two to three inches of snow on the ground before the snowfall wanes. 

The weather service said roads will become snow covered and slippery tonight with expected accumulations ranging from 1 to 3 inches along Interstate 96 to 2 to 4 inches along Interstate 94.

Freitag said Lenawee, Adrian and Monroe counties will bear the brunt of the snow and an isolated 6 inches is possible. About an inch or two is anticipated in the Howell and Pontiac areas, and less than an inch of snow is expected farther north.

The heaviest snow activity is expected between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m., bringing the first two to four inches. Another one to two inches will fall thereafter before the snowfall is expected to end around 10 p.m., the weather service advisory notes. 

Snowfall in the region has been below average this season, about a half foot below normal, Freitag said.

"It's been less snow than typical but we've still got all of February and March," he said.

As the week progresses, temperatures will moderate into the 30s and there's potential for a weaker, wintry mix by Thursday or Friday.