DETROIT (WWJ) – Hundreds of thousands of students in Metro Detroit will have a day off from school thanks to Mother Nature.

More than 100 schools are closed Wednesday as southeast Michigan braces for a major winter storm expected to bring 5 to 8 inches of snow. Forecasters say the heaviest snowfall will be between 4 and 8 p.m.

All public schools in Livingston County are closed, along with Fenton Area Public Schools and Lake Fenton Community Schools in Genesee County.

Several public schools Downriver are also closing for the day, including Dearborn Heights, Ecorse and River Rouge.

All Detroit Public Schools Community District K-12 schools will be dismissed two hours early Wednesday, and all after school and CTC classes are cancelled.

Wayne State University’s campus is closing at 2:30 p.m.and  Lawrence Tech will be ending classes for the day at 3-50 p.m.

Click here for the latest school closings.

Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 10 a.m. until midnight Wednesday for all of southeast Michigan. Forecasters say the snow will come fast and hard, with snowfall rates reaching an inch per hour or greater this afternoon. Travel will be quite difficult with visibilities that could fall under a quarter-mile with blowing snow. Forecasts say to expect a longer and stressful commute.

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

Wednesday — Periods of snow; a burst of heavy snow is expected. High 24F. Low 13F.

Thursday — Mainly sunny. A few flurries or snow showers possible overnight. High 18F. Low 8F.

Friday — A few afternoon snow showers. Highs in the upper 20s and lows in the upper teens.

Saturday — Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 20s and lows in the low 20s.

Sunday — Rain mixed with snow during the afternoon. Highs in the mid 30s and lows in the upper 20s.

Don’t get caught in the snow: Keep it tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 for the latest forecast during traffic and weather, every 10 minutes on the 8s. See the live, local radar now at this link.

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