Morning commute in Metro Detroit: Snow, freezing rain, sleet

Shawn Lewis
The Detroit News

Southeast Michigan is under a winter weather advisory from 11 p.m. Monday until 10 a.m. Tuesday, with 2-4 inches of snow expected along with a wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet.

The National Weather Service said northern Detroit suburbs will see the least amount of snow; the highest snow totals could hit in the southern Detroit suburbs, and in the Saginaw Valley and Thumb areas.

Heaviest snow is expected between 3-7 a.m. Tuesday. Visibility could fall to a 1/4 mile in the morning commute, the weather service said.

Tucked between the arctic cold and snow, though, there’s a stretch of warmer temperatures.

“All the tricks Mother Nature has in her little bag will be here in the next few days,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Debra Elliott.

She said most of the impact of the snowfall will be overnight and into Tuesday morning.

Temperatures will climb to a high of 43 Tuesday with a low of around 32. By Thursday, the high is expected to be 43 with a low of 25. Friday will see a return to colder temperatures: a high of 29 and a low of 19.

The roller-coaster ride is not unusual.

“Last year on Jan. 9, we had a high a 50 degrees in Detroit, and on the 10th, the high was 44 degrees,” said Elliott. “This is not unusual because we normally get a January thaw.”

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The forecast for the week

Tuesday: High 43; low 39

Wednesday: High 38; low 39

Thursday: High 43; low 25

Friday: High 29; low 19