Storm forecast: 2-6 inches of snow predicted for northern Metro Detroit suburbs

Christine MacDonald
The Detroit News
Eaton county workers clear mounds of snow from the entrance to the courthouse in Charlotte where former MSU president Luana K Simon is scheduled to be arraigned today, Nov. 25, 2018.

Metro Detroit is expected to escape the worst of a fast-moving winter storm predicted to blanket much of the central Midwest with snow Monday, although northern Oakland and Macomb counties could get a few inches of snow.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for northern Macomb County in addition to St. Clair, Livingston and Washtenaw counties, where 1-4 inches of snow was expected to fall into the afternoon Monday. In northern Oakland County, 2-6 inches were predicted. 

Precipitation in the area will come in the form of rain continuing Monday morning and expected to switch to snow after 9 a.m., said Trent Frey a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. About an inch is expected for Metro Detroit by the end of Monday, he said. 

A winter storm warning is in effect from 1 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday for the Thumb area, with peak snowfall about an inch per hour with total accumulations of 5-8 inches. Wind gust are expected at 25-30 mph, the National Weather Service said. Peak intensity will be between 3 a.m. to 10 a.m. Expected snowfall of 4-8 inches is expected north of Interstate 69; 3-6 inches between I-69 and M-59 and a trace to 2 inches south of M-59.

The northern section of the Thumb, including Saginaw, Tuscola, Bay and Midland counties will see the heaviest snow, the weather service indicated.

In addition, a gale warning has been issued for Lake Huron on Monday when a low-pressure system is forecast just south of the Michigan border Sunday through the eastern Great Lakes on Monday morning. Cold air will move across the region, bringing wind gusts that will "reach marginal gales over much of Lake Huron," the weather service indicated.

In Metro Detroit, Monday’s expected high was 36, with a low of  27, Frey said.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for parts of Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa. Other parts of central Plains and Great Lakes region are under a winter storm warning. The storm could dump a foot or more of snow in some places.

The storm comes on the final day of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, one of the busiest travel days of the year.

The flight-tracking website FlightAware reported that 1,754 flights headed to or from the United States had been cancelled by Sunday night. At Detroit Metro Airport, 11 flights had been cancelled and 21 delayed early Monday.

The site reported that the majority of the cancellations are flights that were supposed to be routed through Chicago or Kansas City — two areas forecast to be hit hard by the storm.

There's another chance for snow in Metro Detroit on Tuesday but it could be a half-inch to a dusting, Frey said. 

Associated Press contributed to this report.