(CBS Detroit) An ice storm is brewing over Michigan that could bring trouble Tuesday night and into Wednesday, WWJ-TV Chief Meteorologist Jim Madaus said.

The National Weather Service said freezing rain is expected over a good portion of the Lower Peninsula Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Expected is a mix of rain and sleet.

“The (storm) watch area goes as far east as Lansing,” Madaus said. “We’re not in the watch area yet, but with time we could be.”

How long will it last? Possibly through Wednesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service said there is the potential for accumulations of both snow and ice late Tuesday before precipitation gradually changes over to rain, heading south to north, throughout the day Wednesday.

“Potentially, the problem is with downed tree limbs, downed power lines, that will make all the lines heavier, then with some gusty winds, some could fall…That’s along with the hazardous travel conditions,” Madaus said.

The precipitation is the result of a warm front lifting into the Ohio Valley and southern Great Lakes in advance of a deepening low pressure system over the upper Midwest, the Weather Service said. The warm front could bring temperatures as high as 55 degrees later on Wednesday.

“Those residing in or planning travel to southeast Michigan Tuesday night through Wednesday should carefully monitor the weather forecast,” the Weather Service said in a press release.

Get up-to-the minute weather updates from CBS Detroit here.


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