The calendar says spring but winter hasn’t released its grip on us just yet.
A winter weather advisory has been issued for Wayne County through Wednesday morning.
Total snow and sleet accumulations of up to one inch are expected, and ice accumulations around one tenth of an inch, according to forecasters.
A burst of snow and sleet moves into the area west of US-23 by 8 p.m. and then spreads southwest to northeast across metro Detroit and the northern suburbs. Snow and sleet change over to freezing rain quickly during the evening which then continues after midnight into Wednesday morning.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared March 20-26 as Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week, and the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is calling on residents to take action by participating in a voluntary statewide tornado drill at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23.
“Last summer in Michigan, we saw the devastating impacts of severe weather, from flooding to tornadoes and straight-line winds,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Taking steps to prepare now can protect your home, your family and your pets. We ask that all Michiganders do their part to keep our communities safe.”
“With an average of 15 tornadoes each year, this is a very real threat to our Michigan communities,” said Col. Joe Gasper, state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and director of the Michigan State Police. “This drill will give people a chance to make a plan and put it to the test. By planning now, you can be better prepared when a disaster happens.”
Businesses, organizations, families, and individuals are encouraged to engage in this statewide preparedness activity but are not required to do so. During the drill residents will observe or hear alerts on NOAA Weather Radios, TV and radio stations. To learn how local alerts are administrated in your community and if your community is participating, contact your local emergency management agency.
The average lead time for tornadoes to develop is 10 to 15 minutes, which means residents need to be ready to react quickly when a warning is issued.
To be ready for a tornado:
Know the difference: Tornado Watch means conditions exist for a tornado to develop; Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Know the signs of an approaching tornado: dark, often greenish sky; large hail; a large, dark low-lying cloud; and loud roar, like a freight train. Develop an emergency preparedness kit with essential items such as a three-day supply of water and food, a NOAA Weather Radio, important family documents and items that satisfy unique family needs. Conduct regular tornado drills. Make sure each household member knows where to go and what to do in the event of a tornado. Stay tuned to commercial radio or television broadcasts for news on changing weather conditions or approaching storms. For more information about being safe before, during and after a tornado, follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS or go to http://www.michigan.gov/miready
All of southeast Michigan is currently under a high wind watch through Sunday afternoon.
Gusts between 50 and 60 mph are possible during the watch timeframe.
Sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph are expected.
Additional info: Strong winds will occur along and behind a cold front. Confidence is high for wind gusts up to 50 mph, with still some uncertainty as to the chances for gusts up to or in excess of 60 mph. Isolated thunderstorms are also possible which would only increase the risk of damaging winds.
Damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
A winter weather advisory has been issued for Wayne County through 8 a.m. Friday.
A total of 2 to 4 inches of fresh snowfall is expected throughout the region by noon Friday.
Snow will begin over areas south of I-94 by 7 p.m. Thursday evening before snow overspreads the rest of the region by midnight.
Heaviest snowfall expected over areas south of I-69 through early tonight.
Intensity decreases after midnight which could allow light freezing drizzle to mix in with the light snow over areas south of M-59.
Another uptick in intensity is expected Friday morning during the morning commute with rates of half inch per hour likely, particularly over areas north of I-69.
A quick 1 to 2 inches of accumulation will be possible in this couple hour period. Snow tapers off by 10 a.m. Friday morning though some scattered lake effect snow showers could linger through Friday afternoon.
Posted by The Huron Hub | Feb. 16, 2022 — 4:04 p.m. EST
An earlier issued winter storm watch has been upgraded to a winter storm warning by the National Weather Service.
The winter storm warning is in effect from 3 p.m. Thursday through 3 a.m. Friday.
Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches is possible across the region.
A period of freezing rain and sleet is possible in the afternoon, mainly south of I-94, otherwise heavy snow will develop in the late afternoon, with peak snowfall rates occuring between 5-10 PM Thursday evening.
Snow then looks to taper off around and just after midnight. Some blowing and drifting of snow will occur Thursday night with northerly winds gusting up around 20 mph.
Travel will become very difficult. The hazardous conditions will impact the Thursday evening commute.
Michigan State Police are encouraging residents and visitors to prepare for a mix of winter weather expected to affect the southern Lower Peninsula Wednesday, Feb. 16, through Friday, Feb. 18, that could lead to dangerous driving conditions.
The National Weather Service is forecasting heavy rain Wednesday that could lead to ice jams and possible flooding. As the rain changes over to snow Thursday, expect freezing rain, sleet and then snow. The most heavily impacted areas could see a tenth of an inch of ice, as well as 6 inches or more of sleet and snow.
“This is the second round of severe winter weather just this month for the southern part of our state and we want to thank first responders and road crews for their continued efforts to keep us safe,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “With multiple types of precipitation expected, every Michigander should take precautions on the road and check the forecast before they head out the door. We know how to deal with winter weather. We will get through these next few days together.”
“This storm has the potential for multiple different hazards, with rain, sleet and snow in the forecast,” said Col. Joe Gasper, director of the MSP. “Michiganders need to prepare for quickly-changing road conditions over the next few days and potentially dangerous conditions throughout the day Thursday.”
Driving tips during heavy rain:
Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Remember:Turn around, don’t drown.
Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The roadbed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
Driving tips during winter weather:
Check the weather before leaving for a destination. If the weather forecast looks dangerous, reschedule or postpone the driving trip, if possible.
DO NOT crowd snowplows. Give snowplow drivers plenty of room to clear snow from the roads.
Keep tires at the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure and routinely check tire pressure during cold weather.
Make sure the windshield solvent reservoir is full and check the condition of all wiper blades and replace when necessary.
Wash your vehicle for better visibility to other drivers. Remove ice and snow from all lights, windows and license plate before driving.
Periodically check all lights and replace when necessary.
Keep an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle stocked with batteries, battery powered or hand-crank radio, flashlight, windshield scraper, jumper cables, shovel, blankets, first aid kit, non-perishable food and bottled water in the event you get stranded or stuck.
It’s going to get messy around here as we head into the second half of the week.
Forecasters say Wednesday will be windy and warm, followed by a quick drop in temperatures by Thursday and a potential winter storm that will bring rain, ice, and snow.
A wind advisory has been issued through 8 p.m. Wednesday. Gusts of up to 45 mph are possible Wednesday as temperatures reach near 50 degrees.
A winter storm warm is in effect for Thursday.
Heavy mixed precipitation is possible Thursday. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch are possible.
Rain changes over to a wintry mix including the potential for freezing rain Thursday morning before transitioning to all snow Thursday afternoon-evening.
Potential snow and sleet accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are possible particularly for areas along and south of I-69 down to I-94. There is the potential for up to a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation particularly for areas south of M-59.
A flood watch is also in effect through Thursday afternoon due to melting snow.
It’s going to be an interesting few days of weather.
A winter weather advisory has been issued for Sunday according to the National Weather Service.
Snow on Sunday could make roads and sidewalks slick just in time for those who are out and about for the Super Bowl.
The weather service is calling for 2 to 4 inches of snow possible on Sunday.
The advisory expires at 8 p.m. Sunday evening.
Below is the full advisory:
Winter Weather Advisory for Wayne County
Issued by National Weather Service Detroit, MI 3:21 AM EST Sun, Feb 13, 2022
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM EST THIS EVENING…
WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches.
WHERE…Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties.
WHEN…From 10 AM this morning to 8 PM EST this evening.
IMPACTS…Plan on poor visibilities and slippery road conditions.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Some of the heavier intervals of snow will produce rates over an inch per hour. There will be wide fluctuations in both coverage and intensity of the snow showers across the advisory area. This will also cause rapid fluctuations in visibility and road conditions across relatively short distances.