The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory, now in effect until 7 p.m. Friday, for metro Detroit and the surrounding area - including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Monroe, St. Clair, Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee and Tuscola counties.
Temperature change between 4 p.m. Saturday and Friday forecast by high-resolution NAM model. Colder air will slowly invade during the course of the morning changing rain over the freezing rain, sleet, and then possibly some snow to end. Even a small amount of ice will create hard travel conditions for the area into Friday morning's commute.
The District 2 Snow & Ice Team has determined pre-treating highways with brine will be ineffective for this event due to rainfall totals expected prior to the start of the wintry mix. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported helping more than 130 drivers in northeast Kansas and responded to 11 crashes, including a rollover on I-70, near Auburn Rd.
St. Louis woke up Friday to temperatures 40 degrees colder than Thursday morning. Temperatures remain in the 50s and even the lower 60s!
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The mix will transition to snow within a couple hours as temperatures dip below freezing and continue dropping throughout the day.
Several inches of snow and ice have blanketed the region. It will be blustery with a northwest wind gusting as high as 30 miles per hour. The January storm arrives just after a brief period of warmer temperatures this week. Some more snow Monday night could bring fresh snow on the ground by Tuesday.
"Things probably will improve some, you know with road crews out and that kind of thing, especially on the major highways".
The city likely won't have the ice around long enough for widespread power outages, but some areas will receive around about a quarter of an inch of accumulation - which is when power outages begin to occur. Meteorologist Heather Kenyon states that the storm system is heading out of the area, but another, lighter system will follow.
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