More snow could hamper Michigan drivers Monday night, Tuesday

Ariana Taylor
The Detroit News

The National Weather Service is forecasting snow Monday night into Tuesday that could create hazardous driving conditions in Metro Detroit. 

"Our latest forecast is for two to four inches for the greater Metro Detroit area," said National Weather Service meteorologist Ian Lee.

The weather service issued a hazardous weather outlook Sunday for parts of southeast Michigan including the counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Monroe, Lenawee, St. Clair, and Livingston.

A couple of inches are forecast Monday night into Tuesday in the Metro Detroit and Thumb regions.

A winter weather advisory has been issued in mid-Michigan for cities such as Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Ionia, St. Johns, Holland, Hastings, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Jackson from 7 p.m. Monday through 4 p.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service forecasts 2 to 4 inches in that region.

One to two inches that fell in Metro Detroit on Sunday as an upper level front moved across the region likely contributed to a spate of vehicle crashes. Beginning Sunday morning and continuing into the night, vehicle crashes were reported on the Michigan Department of Transportation's Twitter feed as quickly as snow fell during the day and temperatures dropped at night. That doesn't mean the crashes all were weather related; the tweets don't include the cause of the crashes. 

"The snow that falls Monday evening into Tuesday, depending on how early it starts falling, could impact the Monday evening commute and then could impact the Tuesday morning commute as well," Lee said.

Detroiters brave the freezing cold and snowfall along Washington Blvd. in Detroit, Michigan on January 24, 2021.

Traveling Monday night across Michigan could be snarled by snow-covered, slippery roads and low visibility, the weather service said. 

Lee said the snow will most likely stick due to the near-freezing temperatures. Monday is forecast to have a high of 34 degrees and a low of 29 with wind gusts up to 24 miles per hour in the evening. 

Metro Detroit has had less snow accumulation at this point in the winter season compared to past years.

So far, 16.3 inches of snow has accumulated in Metro Detroit, and the average accumulation at this point is 20.6 inches. The winter season is measured from the end of October through the end of April.