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Forecast: Significant Snow Coming Thursday

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SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) –  Following a little sunshine earlier this week, forecasters are calling for much more wintry weather Thursday in Metro Detroit.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect Thursday evening though Friday morning, with two to five inches of snow possible. CBS 62 Chief Meteorologist Jim Madaus says we can expect snow mixing with sleet and freezing rain during the day, followed by a heavier snowfall overnight Thursday.

Poor visibility is likely on area freeways beginning Thursday afternoon and the Friday commute to work could be dicey one, with snow showers expected to continue into the morning hours with an additional inch of accumulation possible.

Mount Clemens and and Berkley have declared a “snow emergency” beginning at 7 p.m. until further notice. Huntington Woods has a snow emergency beginning at 5 a.m. Friday. A snow emergency means residents need to move their cars off city streets. If the cars are not moved, the car could be towed and/or the owner could be ticketed.

Madaus says this storm system, coming up from the south through Indiana and Ohio, is different from those we’ve seen so far this season.  Such systems typically bring with them more moisture and that can mean, in some cases, much heavier snow.

While Southeast Michigan is hit with this system, Madaus says a separate, even stronger storm system will be climbing the east coast from Georgia, hitting New Jersey Saturday morning — so look out for flight delays if you’re traveling this weekend by air to the east.

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Here’s the forecast from the CBS Detroit weather team:

Thursday: Wintry mix possible during the day; snow overnight. Up to 4 in. accumulation possible. Hi 34/23.

Friday: AM snow showers, then partly cloudy. Hi 34 / Lo 18.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Hi 38 / Lo 10.

Sunday: Partly cloudy.  Hi 37 / Lo 34.

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

Check the CBS Detroit weather page for the extended forecast and up-to-the-minute information.

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