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Photos: stunning sunset over Huron Township on Thursday

Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020

The sunset on Thursday night was so amazing it needed to be shared.

In fact, sunsets have been particularly vivid all week. I’ve been outside at sundown snapping photos almost nightly.

Here is what the scene looked like Thursday near Sibley and Vining Roads.

Photos by Scott Bolthouse–The Huron Hub


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Winter weather advisory issued for Wayne County through Tuesday


Post by The Huron Hub

Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 — 7:45 a.m. EST

Winter Weather Advisory for Wayne County

Issued by National Weather Service

Detroit, MI

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO NOON EST TUESDAY…

* WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 3 inches.

* WHERE…Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Wayne, Lenawee and Monroe Counties.

* WHEN…From 3 PM this afternoon to noon EST Tuesday.

* IMPACTS…Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute today and morning commute on Tuesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…A mix of light rain and snow will change to snow today. Light accumulations on grassy surfaces will be possible today with accumulation on roadways increasing between 3 pm and 6 pm and especially tonight.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Slow down and use caution while traveling.


Accumulating snow forecasted for Monday into Tuesday


Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020

Accumulating snow is forecasted for Monday into Tuesday in Metro Detroit.

The National Weather Service in Detroit says snow is expected Monday and lasts through the day Tuesday.

Forecasters say uncertainty remains in the exact track of the low which will affect snow totals.

Stay tuned for refinements in coming forecasts.

At this time a general 2 to 5 inches of snow is expected by the time the snow system is complete.

Please see the NWS weather graphic below for more information.


A note from the editor about snow/weather forecasts:

The Huron Hub, like many local news websites, posts regular snow and weather forecasts that affect the region. Our goal with these posts is to keep our readers informed.

This morning, ahead of the upcoming snow forecasted for next week, our inbox received a rather rude, anonymous message telling us that our snow forecast “for Sunday” was wrong. The reader who sent that message failed to look at the date stamp on the article that they were referencing. The reader somehow missed the dateline at the top of the article. Datelines are posted on every Huron Hub article for obvious reasons – to know whether or not the article posted is recent or out of date. The anonymous reader, who decided not to share their contact info, was referring to last weekend’s snow forecast for Sunday, Nov. 22. We received a dusting of snow that day. The article even had a NWS weather graphic inside of it with a date stamp on it.

We would have responded to this reader in a private message, but they dropped a clearly hastily made email without providing a return email address. Sounds like a keyboard warrior, to us.

Reading comprehension is paramount.

Check the dates on our articles before sending errors/corrections.


First measurable snowfall forecasted for Sunday


Posted Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020

The first measurable snowfall of the season in southeast Michigan is forecasted for Sunday.

The National Weather Service in Detroit says mixed precipitation, along with snowfall accumulations, are likely Sunday morning, with amounts up to 1-3″ possible.

Higher snowfall amounts look to be west and north of the Detroit area.


High wind watch issued for Sunday


Posted by The Huron Hub
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020

High wind watch issued for Sunday.

Issued by National Weather Service
Detroit, MI
3:13 AM EST Sat, Nov 14, 2020

…HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING…

* WHAT…Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 60 mph possible.

* WHERE…Portions of southeast Michigan.

* WHEN…From Sunday morning through Sunday evening.

* IMPACTS…Damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…High confidence for 45 to 55 mph gusts, but lower confidence for 60 mph gusts at this time.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Monitor the latest forecasts and warnings for updates on this situation. Fasten loose objects or shelter objects in a safe location prior to the onset of winds.


MDOT says it’s preparing to meet the challenge of winter during a pandemic

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A Wayne County snow plow clears and salts downtown New Boston’s roads on Feb. 8, 2018. (File photo by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)

Posted by The Huron Hub
Nov. 5, 2020 
Article submitted by MDOT

With winter already on its way to parts of the state, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is doing what it does every year: preparing. But this winter may pose new challenges for keeping our roads clear.

“Over the years, maintenance workers at the state and local levels have handled everything winter could throw at them but, with the continuing threat of COVID-19, this is going to be an unprecedented winter,” said State Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba. “We’re working with local agencies and county road commissions to plan for contingencies, but we want drivers to know the pandemic could affect our ability to maintain winter levels of service.”

The goal of MDOT and its partner agencies remains clearing highways to bare pavement as quickly as possible after a winter storm. If MDOT or local contract agencies are temporarily affected by COVID-19 infections or associated quarantines, it may take longer to reach this goal.

“During snowstorms, MDOT and our contract agencies will have all available staff out working to clear roads as quickly as possible,” Ajegba said. “We’ll be asking the public for their patience and understanding if we need to manage temporary staff shortages. We’ll do the best we can with the resources available.”

As we move into winter, drivers need to remember they also share responsibility for safety when they venture out. Motorists must follow Michigan’s Basic Speed Law, which requires them to drive at a “careful and prudent” speed in all driving conditions that also allows them to be able to stop within the clear distance ahead. It may mean driving slower than the posted speed limit.

MDOT and Michigan State Police (MSP) collaborated to produce a video with information on how roads are maintained each winter and the actions motorists should take now to be prepared for inclement driving conditions. The video also covers:

  • How to prepare your vehicle for winter driving, such as making sure tires are in good condition and that all snow and ice have been cleared from your vehicle before heading onto the road;
  • Why drivers should give plow operators extra space, and consider staying behind them in winter storms;
  • How drivers can see what plow truck operators see through the Mi Drive travel information website, and see their position on state routes in real time;
  • The use of green lights on plow trucks;
  • Michigan’s Move Over Law, which requires motorists to move over for stationary emergency vehicles with their lights activated or slow down and pass with caution if it is not possible to safely change lanes, and
  • Other reminders for winter driving, such as avoiding distractions, using headlights during winter weather, and leaving extra space between vehicles.

 

Frost likely Friday, Saturday morning — you better pick what’s left in your garden ASAP

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Posted by The Huron Hub 
Oct. 1, 2020

If you grew a garden this year, you better pick whatever is left as soon as possible.

Forecasters are calling for growing season-ending frost to occur as early as Friday morning, as well as Saturday morning.

“The perfect set-up for frost is coming, possibly tonight, and especially Friday night and Saturday morning,” said Mark Torregrossa, MLive.com chief meteorologist.

Check out Torregrossa’s full article here

The coldest temperatures will actually be near sunrise Friday morning and near sunrise Saturday morning.

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Another round of smoke from West Coast wildfires heading toward Michigan this week

Smoke from the wildfires on the West Coast reached Michigan last week, and causing hazy sunrises and sunsets. Seen here is a photo of the sunrise captured Sept. 15 in Huron Township. More of the same is expected this week. 
(Photo by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Sept. 21, 2020

Last week, social media was ripe with photos of the sunrises and sunsets over Michigan that looked especially interesting due to drifting wildfire smoke from the West Coast.

The sunrises and sunsets in Michigan were hazy. Check it out:

 

Forecasters are saying that we can expect more of the same this week.

According to MLive.com forecaster Mark Torregrossa, another smoky sky period is on the way for the skies over Michigan.

“The upper-level winds are swinging to blowing out of the west and southwest. That wind direction is moving an area of wildfire smoke that almost covers the entire western half of the U.S.,” the forecaster said. “The leading edge of the smoke is now moving into Michigan.”

Torregrossa said the weather forecast for this week is for quite a bit of sunshine and fairly light winds, meaning the large area of smoke won’t be pushed out of the sky quickly.

Smoke is expected to stick around through the remainder of the week.

In California, officials said wildfires are likely to grow from wind and low humidity.

The destruction wrought by a wind-driven wildfire in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles approached 156 square miles (404 square kilometers) Sunday, burning structures, homes and a nature center in a famed Southern California wildlife sanctuary in foothill desert communities, according to the Associated Press.

Help people affected by the western wildfires by visiting redcross.org, calling 800-RED CROSS or texting the words WILDFIRES to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.

Want to help people specifically affected by the California, Oregon or Washington wildfires? Write “California Wildfires,” “Oregon Wildfires” or “Washington Wildfires” in the memo line of a check and mail it to your local Red Cross chapter with the completed donation form. For California Wildfires you can also text the word CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to make a $10 donation.


 

Frost advisory issued for Wayne County


Posted by The Huron Hub

Friday, Sept. 18, 2020

Issued by National Weather Service
Detroit, MI
11:10 AM EDT Fri, Sep 18, 2020
…FROST ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AM EDT SATURDAY…
* WHAT…Temperatures as low as 34 will result in frost formation
* WHERE…Portions of southeast Michigan.
* WHEN…From midnight tonight to 9 AM EDT Saturday.
* IMPACTS…Frost could kill sensitive outdoor vegetation if left uncovered.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold.


Over 500 DTE customers in Huron Township without power Friday


Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 – 10:45 AM EST

Storms have caused power outages as of 10:45 a.m. this morning in Huron Township.

Thunderstorms are moving through the area Friday and are expected to continue through the evening.

The DTE outage map website shows over 500 customers are without power.

The estimated restoration time according to the outage map is in the afternoon on Friday.

Here are some screenshots from the DTE outage map website with more information: