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How much snow? Quick storm dumps several inches; wind and cold for weekend

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

The latest storm through southeast Michigan melted most of the snow that had been on the ground — then covered it with a fresh coat.

Temperatures in Metro Detroit dropped more than 30 degrees in 24 hours, with high winds, rain, freezing drizzle and then snow all in the mix.

In the end, most of the region got 4-6 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

Detroit recorded 6 inches of snow, while Grosse Pointe saw 7 inches. Other areas such as Monroe, Rochester and Dexter got around 5 inches. Ann Arbor measured 5.5 inches.

The weather did create some slippery roadways from snow that started late Thursday and lasted until early Friday, with spinouts and slow-moving traffic dotting the region for much of Friday morning and at midday on freeways.

A tractor-trailer driver seeks help to get his spinning truck to move after it got stuck on I-75 northbound near Eight Mile, shutting traffic down to one passable lane Friday morning, Feb. 18, 2022, in Detroit.

The icing apparently affected runways at Detroit City Airport, as well, and a private jet hit a slippery spot around 1 p.m. Friday and slid off. No fire or injuries were reported.

Flooding on rivers and area waterways due to ice jams became an issue. City of Monroe officials said the River Raisin was above flood stage and drivers needed to use caution and avoid flooded roads near the river.

More winter weather is in store for the weekend.

Jen Tindle, 37, snowblows the snow in front of her home on Leroy Street in Ferndale.

The National Weather Service said the region can expect strong winds into early Saturday morning. Speeds of the southwesterly winds could reach 20-25 mph and gusts of 40-45 mph are likely. Meteorologists also don't rule out isolated gusts of up to 50 mph.

"The winds will really pickup late tonight and early tomorrow morning," Megan Varcie, a meteorologist with NWS in White Lake, said. "It's definitely going to be gusty out there."

Bright sunshine Friday was giving way to increasing clouds, and the cold is expected to linger on Saturday and then temperatures will gradually climb.

A snowplow clears snow along Eight Mile near Huntington Road in Southfield on Friday, February 18, 2022.

The forecast:

Saturday: Partly sunny; high 22, low 10.

Sunday: Sunny; high 39, low 33.

Monday: Mostly cloudy; high 41, low 33