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A winter storm watch on the west side of Michigan is expected to dump as much as 8 inches of the white stuff along Lake Michigan on Monday night, but Metro Detroit won't escape unscathed.

Cold air, wind gusts and light snowfall will make their way into Metro Detroit as part of the storm, dropping temperatures into the teens Monday night with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Snowfall is expected to be at a minimum of ½-2 inches by Monday evening for the region, depending on where the lake-effect bands do the most damage, weather officials said.

Ann Arbor and Monroe County could see up to 3 inches of snow, but wind gusts of 25 mph and temperatures below 20 degrees will make the coming days feel more like deep winter than late fall.

"We have some pretty cold air moving in, colder than we are now. We will get a decent lake effect showers Monday night and Tuesday," Michael Richter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake, said.

Monday morning, light snow showers are expected in Metro Detroit before 10 a.m. with a chance of snow showers after 2 p.m. The temperature should rise near 36 then fall to a low around 18 by night.

On Tuesday, there is another chance of snow showers, with a high near 24 degrees. Tuesday's low is around 17.

JChambers@detroitnews.com

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