GAYLORD (WWJ/AP) – A Midwest storm is expected to bring snow and freezing rain to parts of Michigan this week.

The National Weather Service has issued a storm watch that warns of wintry weather on Wednesday and Thursday in parts of the state. Snow and freezing rain are expected to cause hazardous driving conditions. Winds and ice could combine to knock out power in places.

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The most snow is forecast in the northern Lower Peninsula, where 5 to 7 inches if predicted. The middle portion of the Lower Peninsula also could see snow, with 3 to 6 inches of accumulation possible. The southern Lower Peninsula is expected to see rain.

As far as the metro Detroit area is concerned, forecasters say there’s a slight chance we’ll see some snowflakes mixed with rain Thursday night. Otherwise it will be cold and rainy.

Gale warnings also have been issued in the Great Lakes region, including for Lake Michigan and part of Lake Huron.

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

Tuesday — Cloudy and windy. A few showers this afternoon. High 58F. Low 47F.

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Wednesday — Mostly cloudy with occasional rain showers becoming a steady light rain overnight. High 48F. Low 39F.

Thursday — Windy. A steady rain in the morning, with drizzle in the afternoon changing to a few snow showers late. High 52F. Low 31F.

Friday — Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 43F. Low 29F.

Saturday  — Mostly sunny. High 52F. Low 38F.

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