Southfield (WWJ) – There’s more snow on the way. AccuWeather and the National Weather Service are predicting three to six inches of snow overnight Thursday, into Friday morning.
A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Southeast Michigan, in effect 2 a.m. through 11 a.m., Friday.
Thursday, many freeways were already wet and slush and some surface streets were snow-covered and slippery.
The morning commute in Metro Detroit was slow after an inch of snow fell overnight. Freezing rain also fell creating slick roads. WWJ listeners reported speeds on some roads were down to 20-25 miles per hour. Salt trucks were on the roads.
Meantime, a few thousand homes and businesses in Monroe County have been without power since the last storm Sunday. Consumers Energy says about 25,000 customers are still without service. — 4,100 customers are in Monroe County.
“Because of the significant damage this storm has caused to our electric system, including ice and snow affecting thousands of electric lines, it is taking considerably more time to restore service,” said Rufus Gladney, vice president of energy operations for the utility, in a statement released Thursday morning.
“We continue to mobilize utility, line clearing and contract crews, including 120 utility crews from Indiana and Ohio, to restore power.”
Homes in Monroe, Lenawee and a few other counties in south-central and west Michigan may not see complete restoration until Friday. And the next storm could slow repairs.
Twenty-seven inches of snow has been reported in February this year. AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Carl Babinski notes that both Detroit and Chicago are on the verge of breaking snowfall records for the month of February. With the accumulation forecast from this storm, Babinski expects Detroit to reach the second snowiest February on record while Chicago should break their record, set way back in 1896.
Here’s the forecast:
Light snow, sleet, and freezing drizzle early Thursday morning, making roads slick. Temperatures will rise above freezing by mid morning, when precipitation will end. High 38 with mostly cloudy skies.
Thursday night: Becoming breezy and cold with snow arriving late. Low 23.
Friday: Snow during the morning; total storm accumulation averaging 3-6 inches. Lingering clouds, brisk and cold in the afternoon. High 30.
Saturday: Cloudy with the chance for a period of snow or
flurries. High 29.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy. High 35.