DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Thousands of kids are getting a long weekend after a fresh covering of snow fell on southeast Michigan, causing nearly 700 schools to close.
Public schools in Macomb, Oakland, Livingston and St. Clair counties have closed for the day Friday. The Detroit Public Schools district also canceled classes, as did Wayne State University, Central Michigan University, and the University of Michigan campuses in Dearborn and Flint.
The storm that moved into the state Thursday brought a few inches of snow to the Detroit area, where roads were slippery for the morning commute.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory, in effect until noon Friday. Forecasters expect a total snowfall of about one to three inches.
“There’s two to four inches of snow north of metro Detroit and more than that, six to as much as eight inches north of I-69. But I think as we get into the afternoon it tapers into snow showers. Certainly the worst of this will be during the morning rush,” said meteorologist Dean DeVore.
The National Weather Service said visibilities around one mile will be possible during the Friday morning rush hour.
In addition to closing their schools, some communities have issued a Snow Emergency: Berkley, Beverly Hills, Clawson, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Mount Clemens, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights, Troy and Warren. During this time, residents must move their cars off city streets or risk having them ticketed or towed.
Here’s the local forecast from the CBS Detroit Weather Team:
Friday — Overcast with snow. Winds from the North at 20 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 60% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible. High of 27F, low of 16F with a windchill as low as -2F.
Saturday — Clear. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the SSW in the afternoon. High of 34F, low of 34F.
Sunday — Partly cloudy in the morning, then overcast with a chance of snow. Fog overnight. Winds from the SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 60% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible. High of 43F, low of 28F with a windchill as low as 19F.
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