First Warn 5 Forecast: Big Snow This Week 1-30-2011 - WNEM TV 5

First Warn 5 Forecast: Big Snow This Week 1-30-2011

We'll see an increase of low clouds overnight, and as the clouds increase...temps may come up a few degrees after single digit lows.
A Winter Storm Watch goes into effect Tuesday night into Wednesday with a significant storm headed our way. Monday afternoon's snow (1-2 inches) will be a teaser, and the main snow arrives Tuesday night thru Wednesday. About a foot is possible in our area. Wind will also be strong during the snowfall, causing blowing and drifting.
Here's the latest from the National Weather Service....
An intensifying low pressure system is forecast to lift into the Ohio Valley late Tuesday night from southern Texas. The low is then expected to track across the eastern Great Lakes region on Wednesday.
This strong storm system will carry a lot of moisture with it and will be capable of generating very heavy snow. For this reason, a winter storm watch has been issued for all of Southeast Michigan from Tuesday evening into Wednesday.
The current forecast brings the first round of snow into the region Monday night, when a general 1 to 2 inches is possible for metro Detroit and points south. The heavy snow is then expected to move into the region Tuesday night and continue into the day Wednesday. The worst of the storm is expected during the morning rush on Wednesday.
The current forecast is calling for storm total snowfall between 8 and 12 inches, with some icing possible near the Ohio state line. Strong winds associated with this storm system will also create significant blowing and drifting of the snow as well as reduced visibilities. Since it is still early in the forecast, any slight deviation in storm track will greatly affect where the heaviest snow occurs.
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