Snowfall sparks winter weather advisory; 2-4 inches expected
Detroit — Snow began falling across southeast Michigan on Wednesday night with up to 2-4 inches by early Thursday that could produce a slippery morning commute.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for much of Metro Detroit, including Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Wayne, Lenawee and Monroe counties through early Thursday.
Some spots, including Ann Arbor, had reported about 1 inch by late Wednesday.
"A burst of heavier snow redevelops mainly from midnight to 3 a.m.," the advisory said.
Light snowfall could continue through Friday.
"We're going to have a low pressure system that's going to settle in across the Ohio Valley, which will drape a warm front across the area so we'll see a broad area of precipitation very late Wednesday night through Thursday," said Alex Manion, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's office in White Lake Township. "We're expecting it to start off as snow and then transition over to more of a wintry mix, mainly sleet with some freezing drizzle mixed in there."
He said the wintry mix will impact the Thursday morning commute.
Areas around the state will be widely impacted, according to the agency.
Grand Rapids area: About 1-4 inches of snow is expected. Lingering snow into Thursday morning will create snow covered and slick roads for the morning commute, especially along and south of Interstate 96.
Gaylord: Highest snowfalls are expected east of the city, though lake-effect snow is possible for areas west. Cold temperatures in the 20s and teens are expected to move in after the precipitation.
Marquette: The storm isn't expected to have much of an impact in the northernmost reaches of the state, though cold temperatures will settle in Thursday.
This month, Detroit has received a total of a half-inch of snow as of Feb. 3, according to weather service records. Detroit's average monthly snowfall in February is 10.4 inches. Since Dec. 1, the city has seen about 13 inches of snow; it normally receives about 23 inches by this time of the year.
After about a month of above normal temperatures, it's going to get colder. Temperatures will hover in the low 30s until Sunday. Detroit's average monthly high temperature in February is 35.2 degrees and the low is 21 degrees.
Meanwhile, the weather service has issued a lakeshore flood advisory for Lake Huron from 4 a.m. Tuesday through 4 a.m. Wednesday. Northerly winds with gusts of up to 30 m.p.h. could create high waves, resulting in shoreline flooding and erosion in Michigan's Thumb region.
Metro Detroit extended forecast
Thursday: Cloudy; high 32, low 29
Friday: Cloudy; high 30, low 19
Saturday: Mostly cloudy; high 28, low 24
Sunday: Mostly cloudy; high 35, low 29
Monday: Mostly cloudy, high 37
Source: National Weather Service
Staff Writer Mark Hicks contributed