Sunday, September 24

Winter storm warning issued for Thursday

After the warm up on Wednesday, we can expect a quick return to winter-like conditions and the potential for another messy commute.

After calling for patience as forecasters determined what may be coming, the outlook for the snow has prompted the issuance of a winter storm warning by the National Weather Service. It will start at 3 p.m. Thursday and expire at 3 a.m. on Friday.

The forecast calls for some areas to see up to six inches of snow.

“Travel will become very difficult,” the NWS stated. “The hazardous conditions will impact the Thursday evening commute.”

As of Wednesday evening, the outlook on potential freezing rain or an icy mix saw it in the areas south of I-94.


On Wednesday morning, forecasters were paying close attention to the coming weather, having already issued three alerts, including:

• Wind advisory, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday
• Areal flood watch, from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday
• Winter storm watch, 10 a.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday (Upgraded to a warning, which starts at 3 p.m. Thursday)

The best advice you can share is to keep an eye on the weather reports throughout the following days.

First the good news in metro Detroit: We’ll get a taste of spring on Wednesday. The high temperatures will reach into the upper 40s.

The clear skies from earlier in the week will give way to rain and then snow. But we’ll get a first blast of warm in a good while. (Stephen Frye / MediaNews Group)

But the day will turn cloudy and windy, warns.

And along with the taste of spring could be some rain overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning.

That forecast has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch from 4 a.m to 4 p.m. Thursday. This means there is a potential for blooding based on the recent forecasts.

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“Monitor the latest forecasts and be prepared to take action should a flood warning be issued,” the NWS said in a Tuesday afternoon Facebook post.

The NWS says that 1 to 1.5 inches of rainfall could accumulate across Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw, and Livingston counties – as well as areas southward. Flint also could see similar rain amounts.

North of Oakland and Macomb counties, the area could see .5 to 1.0 inches of rainfall.

The quiet — and pleasant sunshine with the upper 20s temps — of Tuesday will give way when a large system moves into the area on Wednesday, the National Weather Service reported.

“An all rain start transitions to wintry mix and snow Thursday,” the NWS reported. “System track still carries a great deal of uncertainty which will affect the transition timing/location and subsequent snow/ice totals.”

One of the many accidents on Sunday, Feb. 13, when snow squalls caused chaos on the roads. (Stephen Frye / MediaNews Group)

As the temperatures climb into the 40as, winds will increase into the 40 mph range by Wednesday afternoon. This is followed by a cold front that moves to the area overnight, changing the rain to snow — after a period of wintry mix.

The weather service emphasized that the specifics in possible freezing rain and the potential amounts of snow depend on how the storm system and cold front tracks. So again, you are advised to keep your eyes on the latest forecasts so you don’t get caught out and about with the weather turning severe.

On Thursday, the rain will give way to snow after a potential period of a wintry mix.

The winter storm watch provides details of what we could potentially see, including up to a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation in the area south of M-59. Early predictions from the National Weather Service see a possible 4 to 6 inches of snow in the area between I-69 and I-94.

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On Sunday, a winter weather advisory proved accurate for a part of the area, causing about 160 cars and trucks to be involved in multiple crashes along I-696 in both Oakland and Macomb counties.

Some forecasts have called for up to six inches of snowfall, but the areas have varied, some more northward into mid-Michigan and Flint with some more through northern Oakland and Macomb counties.

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