SOUTHFIELD (WWJ/AP)- Michigan’s mid-winter heat wave is coming to an end.

Weather forecasters say the spring-like and record-breaking temperatures that came in Tuesday are ending Wednesday. And the corresponding 30-degree drop will turn rain into snow.

CBS 62 Chief Meteorologist Jim Madaus said the cold front coming later Wednesday is expected to bring increasing winds and rain turning to snow. Snowfalls by Thursday will range from a half-inch to an inch in southeastern Michigan to five inches in some areas along Lake Michigan.

Madaus said travel conditions could become treacherous Wednesday night – particularly in areas where the rain and snowmelt have left standing water.

Here’s the local forecast from the CBS Detroit Weather Team:

Wednesday — Overcast with snow and a chance of a thunderstorm. Fog overnight. Winds from the SSW at 20 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 90%. High of 27F, low of 19F with a windchill as low as 10F.

Thursday — Overcast with a chance of snow. Winds from the West at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 20%. High of 21F, low of 12F with a windchill as low as -4F.

Friday — Mostly cloudy, then overcast in the evening. Winds from the West at 15 to 25 mph. High of 21F, low of 12F with a windchill as low as -4F.

Know before you go: Keep it tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 for traffic and weather, every 10 minutes on the 8s.

Check for road construction areas and recent traffic incidents on the CBS Detroit Traffic Page. Check the extended forecast and up-to-the-minute conditions on the CBS Detroit Weather Page.

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