DETROIT (WWJ) – Be prepared for the biggest snowfall so far this season.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for all of Southeast Michigan — including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Shiawassee, Genesee, Livingston, and Washtenaw counties — in effect from 5 p.m. Monday until 2 a.m. Tuesday.
The NWS says periods of snow will cause travel difficulties throughout the region, after several accidents were attributed to slick conditions earlier in the day. One of those crashed involved a Michigan State Police cruiser that was rear-ended along I-696 in Southfield. No one was hurt.
Expect slick and snow-covered roads, and poor visibilities at times. The Weather Service says two to four inches of snow accumulation is expected, with some freezing drizzle in the mix.
As always, State Police urge motorists to keep both hands on the wheel and slow down when snow is falling. Always leave more room between your vehicle and the one in front of you when winter weather strikes. Give yourself more travel time if you’re hitting the roads, and expect to encounter backups.
AccuWeather Meteorologist Dave Bowers said Monday morning’s first big batch of snow would be followed by a short break, with a few flurries and some freezing drizzle, before the next batch hits late in the afternoon.
“This is probably going to be after 5 or 6 o’clock before we actually see some steadier snow developing once again,” Bowers said. “Most of this new accumulation coming up before midnight, and then tapering off to flurries in the early morning.”
Most areas of metro Detroit, he said, will get up to three inches total, while some other areas may be slightly harder hit.
Meanwhile, it will be blistery cold on Monday, and pretty much all week, with highs hanging out in the 20s, to near 30 degrees.
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