Snow, strong winds, bitter temps to train across Michigan…

With a further south track, the Low has now developed into a snow beast for the Midwest. Tons of Blizzard Warnings, Winter Storm Warnings/Watches, and Advisories are out. Most of Michigan is under a Winter Storm Watch besides the extreme Southeast corner of lower Michigan. A dry no precip zone, or dry slot, is expected to come through after an initial dumping and will probably nick this area resulting in lesser amounts there. Those counties include Washtenaw, Wayne, Lenawee, and Monroe. Now since the last watch/warning issue period, some models have trended a little more south with the low and thus the precipitation. This may coax the dry slot further south and out of that area resulting in a Watch or at least an Advisory when the time hits. Winds up to 40mph, and cold temps will create dangerous wind chills below 0F. May approach -10 or -15 for our coldest systems so far this season.


Expect snows or a mix to filter into the region late tonight. Midnight would be a good guess, but a hour or two more/less could happen too. The precip will continue through the rest of the night into Sunday. Maybe a few inches (2-3) will be on the ground by daybreak. Around the early afternoon hours stands the chance of being in that dry slot for extreme southern areas in Michigan. This may be short lived before wrap around snows return to add another 2-4, but these accumulations will vary on location.

With a more southerly track, accumulations have been upped. Mount Pleasant looks to hit the 10 inch mark with possibly more. Areas just south of that may see a little less, but nonetheless significant. Would expect a good 8 inches if the wind isn’t blowing it around. Any further south right now, could see 6 or so inches. Really not sure how much will just be tossed around by the wind, or how quick the change from rain/mix to snow will be.

May get a snow map up this evening, so stay tuned!


About gweatherc
Live in Michigan and enjoy observing the weather. Want to pursue it as a career! Currently taking classes at Central Michigan University.

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