DETROIT (WWJ) – With 2 to 4 inches of snow expected to accumulate overnight, forecasters are warning motorists to prepare for nasty road conditions across metro Detroit.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory, in effect for Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Livingston, Lenawee and Monroe counties — in effect from 10 p.m. Monday through noon on Tuesday.

Following a cold day with a high of 27 degrees and a few sunny breaks, WWJ AccuWeather Meteorologist Dean Devore says the snow will move back into the area late Monday night.

“A clipper — this one’s a stronger clipper than the one that we had yesterday (Sunday) into last night,” Devore said. “This one I think has enough oomph to it that it will create some problems later tonight into tomorrow morning.”

The National Weather Service says snow is supposed to accumulate two to three inches in metro Detroit by sunrise in Tuesday, with an additional one inch to fall during the day.

While that doesn’t sound too terrible, Devore said forecasters are worried more about when it’s coming than how much we’ll get.

“It’s the timing that really concerns me,” Devore said, “being probably in the heart of the morning commute tomorrow.”

Forecasters say the snow will become moderate to briefly heavy at times overnight, diminishing in the morning.

In the meantime, the National Weather Service warns roads will become snow-covered and slick, with limited visibility at times.  Morning commuters are urged to give themselves some extra time.

The snow is then expected to taper off into a few showers in the afternoon with the high a little warmer at 35 degrees.

The good news is that should be it for accumulating snow this week … at least until Sunday.

Here’s the detailed forecast for the week:

Monday: Cloudy with a little sunshine. High 27F.
Monday Night: Cloudy with snow. Low around 25F. Chance of snow 80%. 1 to 3 inches expected.
Tuesday: Snow showers. High around 35F.  Chance of snow 60%. Snowfall around 1 inch.
Tuesday NightCloudy with a few flurries or snow showers possible. Low 29F.
Wednesday: Cloudy with temps steady in the low to mid 30s.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 19F.
ThursdayPartly cloudy. High around 24F.
Thursday Night: Cloudy early, then partly cloudy after midnight. Low 11F.
Friday: Considerably cloudy early; a little less later. High around 25F.
Friday Night: Mostly clear. Low 14F.

Saturday: Generally sunny with a few afternoon clouds. High 29F.
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy. Low around 20F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday: Cloudy with snow showers in the afternoon. High 31F. Chance of snow 40%.
Sunday Night: Cloudy early; partial clearing late. Low 18F.

Know before you go: Keep it tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 for the latest forecast during traffic and weather, every 10 minutes on the 8s. See live, local radar at this link; and check for accidents on local freeways here


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