Detroit Winter Storm

February 24, 2012 by staff 

Detroit Winter Storm, The Local 4Casters have declared a Severe Weather Alert Day as southeast Michigan braces for snow. Thursday afternoon, including rush hour, will be mostly dry in Detroit and Southeast Michigan. Sprinkles and flurries will creep into Lenawee and Monroe Counties and other areas south of I-94 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Many motorists will have a manageable drive home from work.

A Winter Storm Watch will be in effect for the entire region Thursday evening and last through Friday morning.

Southwest Michigan is slated to have a Winter Storm Warning to go into effect during the same time period.

Driving conditions will be more hazardous for those with a later night at the office or traveling downtown to Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena to try to catch the Red Wings win their 24th consecutive home hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks.

Interestingly, the storm bringing the more treacherous road conditions this evening originated in the Vancouver Area.

Light snow will filter through Detroit at 8 p.m. and become more widespread Thursday night.

The heaviest snow will be reserved for the overnight hours and very early Friday morning during Local 4 News Morning, which will begin a half hour earlier at 4 a.m. with special storm coverage. Snowfall rate may reach as high as over 1 inch per hour.

The snow will gradually move away and weaken Friday morning. However, it will taper off so slowly, that snow totals will reach the 6 inch mark or greater. By Friday afternoon, up to 4 inches of new snow will fall south of I-94.

Wayne and Washtenaw Counties, including Ann Arbor and Detroit, will get nearly 6 inches. North of I-696, including Livingston County and most of Oakland and Macomb Counties, will receive between 6 and 8 inches. North of M-59, Genessee, Lapeer, St. Clair and Sanilac Counties will have nearly 8 inches or more with a stripe along I-69 over 8 inches.

Always remember to give road crew space and time to treat roads.

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