Icy mix of wintry weather to hit region Wednesday in Metro Detroit

Paul Hurst of Clinton Township braces for the cold while waiting for a SMART bus in Sterling Heights on Feb. 13, 2019.

Metro Detroit is set to get clipped by a winter storm predicted to come across much of the nation and experience ice, some snow and freezing rain, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Washtenaw, Wayne, Lenawee and Monroe counties to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The forecast calls for up to an inch of light snow between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. then transition to light freezing rain as warmer air lifts north in the afternoon. Sleet is possible along with less than half an inch of ice in some spots before the mercury reaches a high around 33.

"The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute," the weather service said. "Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving."

The wintry mix is part of a storm expected to affect more than 200 million Americans beginning Tuesday and continuing through Wednesday night, reports.

Roughly 3-6 inches of snow are forecast in the Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; and Philadelphia areas before transitioning to an icy mix and rain, according to the website.

In southeast Michigan, the precipitation should clear out by 10 p.m. Temperatures are expected to drop to around the freezing mark overnight then top out around 38 on Thursday, some 2 degrees above average for the date, under partly cloudy skies. The low should dip into the 20s.

Similar conditions are on tap for Friday; rain returns to the region on Saturday as the temperature climbs into the mid-40s.

Extended forecast

Wednesday: Snow and rain; high, 36; low, 32. 

Thursday: Partly sunny; high, 39; low, 23.

Friday: Sunny; high, 38; low, 26.

Saturday: Partly sunny; high, 44; low, 38.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy; high, 47; low, 28.

Monday: Partly sunny; high, 35.

Source: National Weather Service