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Snowfall amounts? Depends where you live

George Hunter
The Detroit News

The season’s first snowfall Saturday was either a dud or a whopper, depending on your zip code.

According to the National Weather Service as of 9:30 a.m. Sunday cities from across Metro Detroit were reporting snow levels from over 16 inches in Howell and Hartland to 12 inches in Rochester Hills, 5 inches in Royal Oak, 3.5 inches in Wyandotte and as little as 2.2 inches in Grosse Ile. The official amount of snowfall was registered at 6 inches at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus.

DTE Energy spokeswoman Stephanie Beres says roughly 40,000 customers, mainly in western Wayne County, were without electricity Sunday.

Saturday morning Detroit and surrounding communities saw a dusting of morning snow that had melted by late afternoon — just as northern Oakland County was getting slammed. By early evening, the snowfall had intensified as starting to stick the roadway.

“Tooooooo much in Waterford. I would say about foot...... Still coming down,” said Bonnie Beacon Jones on The Detroit News’ Facebook page.

In Howell, Wendy Powser Smith said 16 inches had fallen.

The heaviest accumulation was along north M-59 to I-69, Bryan Tilley, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in White Lake Township, said late Saturday night.

At 11 p.m., snow showers were continuing and were expected to do so through the overnight, said Tilley.

“A storm track like this is a common occurrence with a heavy band somewhere north of Pontiac and the immediate Detroit area ends up with a little bit less,” he said.

Tilley said there’s a 40 percent chance of snow on Sunday with no accumulation.

Earlier on Saturday, the conditions made it tough for customers to get to Mr. B’s Roadhouse on Dixie Hwy. in Clarkston.

“It’s pretty rough out there,” hostess McKenna Garza said. “People are sliding and getting stuck in the parking lot. They say the roads are pretty slick.”

By late afternoon, Oakland County had deployed 60 salt trucks — “and we’re about to call more in for the northern and western parts of the county,” Road Commission spokesman Craig Bryson said.

Bryson said traffic conditions were treacherous in some areas. “We’ve gotten reports about a couple places in Clarkston and Ortinville where there was icing, so we’re sending crews out there now.”

In Washtenaw County, which saw up to eight inches of snow according to Elliott, a dispatcher said more than 30 wrecks were reported along the county’s highways.

On Friday, Detroit’s Department of Public Works reminded residents about its three-level snow removal policy.

In three inches of snow or fewer, DPW crews salt only major thoroughfares; in 3 to 6 inches of snow or freezing rain, crews plow and salt only major thoroughfares. In snowfalls of more than 6 inches, crews plow and salt major thoroughfares and contractors plow a 10-foot pass down the center of residential streets.

Associated Press contributed

Extended forecast

Sunday: Mostly sunny with a high of about 32. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Sunday night: Partly cloudy with a low of about 20.

Monday: Sunny and 36.

Monday night: Cloudy and 26.

Tuesday: Partly sunny and 40.

Tuesday night: Cloudy and 28.

Wednesday: Sunny and 42.

Wednesday night: Cloudy and 35.

Thanksgiving Day: Mostly cloudy with a high of 47.