Regular snowfall starts on Saturday afternoon


DETROITGood year!

We wish you all a Happy New Year here at Local 4 News! We hope you had a safe and good night’s sleep and are careful leaving early this morning. The roads are in good condition, but I have personally noticed a lot of deviating vehicles as I got to work early today… yuck.

Temperatures start near 40 degrees this Saturday morning, and those numbers will slowly drop over the course of the day with a weak cool front sweeping through Metro Detroit. A big storm is just to the south trying to bring light rain across the Ohio border. Drizzle and light rain showers are possible this morning.

Sunrise today was at 8:02 a.m.

A winter weather advisory was issued for southeast Michigan from 7 p.m. Saturday until 10 a.m. Sunday. We will therefore only deal with fragments of this storm in the morning and early afternoon, then later and later.

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The mix of rain and winter for the day will change to all snow. The weather will fall all day, and we will be in our mid-thirties and all snow by mid to late afternoon.

Snow accumulation

Snow will fall very steadily throughout Saturday night and through the night, with a snowfall of a quarter to a half inch per hour.

There’s a good chance there will be a 3-6 inch snowfall buildup in the Detroit metro area by Sunday morning. Accumulated snow totals will be affected by any persistent rain south of I-94.

Saturday sunset is at 5:12 p.m.

We can see heavier snow bands in Jackson, Washtenaw and Livingston counties, but it is difficult to determine exactly where the heavier snow totals will be. There is expected to be a surge of lake effect snow on the shores of Lake Huron on Sunday morning, which will also increase the numbers there.

Be careful! The main concern of this weather advisory is the tricky journey. It would be safer and better if we all avoided driving as much as possible late tonight until mid-morning on Sunday.

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Sunny Sunday, no more snow next week

After the end of the snow on Sunday, the clouds will gradually give way to a partially sunny sky and we could even end up with good sunshine with temperatures above 20 for the summits.

Monday will be very cold to begin with, with single digit temperatures and teens for the lows and highs in their twenties. Winds will be light Monday and Tuesday and, with sufficient sunshine, we should briefly return to the mid-1930s on Tuesday.

The winds will start to blow on Wednesday as we wait for another winter storm. This one doesn’t look too impressive but be prepared for some snow to hit our area late Wednesday and Thursday of next week. We’ll also get another taste of these teens and 20s.

Stay tuned.

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