Michigan Braces For Major Winter Snow Storm 1-31-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Michigan Braces For Major Winter Snow Storm 1-31-2011

Forecasters say a big snowstorm is on the way, one that could dump up to a foot of snow across much of Lower Michigan.
Meteorologist Brian Meade with the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids office says the storm is expected to include "considerable blowing and drifting snow" in the southern and central parts of the state.
Meade said some roads could potentially become impassable.
The snow is expected to start falling Tuesday near the state line and head north. It should continue to fall through the day on Wednesday.
WNEM TV5 Meteorologist Mike Cameron says Mid-Michigan we will not go unscathed.
Locally, several inches of blowing and drifting snow will fall, with the highest totals along the I-69 corridor. From Perry to Flint to Lapeer, the latest Snow Predictor run projects over a foot of snow will fall Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Snow tapers off farther north, with 4”-8” expected from the Tri-Cities, Mount Pleasant/Clare/the Thumb and points north, according to Cameron.
Cameron said being on the northern edge of these types of storms can be tricky for forecasters.
"Any slight twitch in the storm track will mean significant changes to snow totals," he said. "It’s best to keep abreast of the latest forecasts leading up to the storm."
Here is your detailed First Warn 5 Forecast:
Today: A 30 percent chance of snow after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 18. Wind chill values as low as -12. East northeast wind between 6 and 9 mph.
Tonight: Snow likely, mainly after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as zero. East northeast wind between 9 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 22. Wind chill values as low as -1. Northeast wind between 9 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
Tuesday Night: Snow likely before 1am, then snow and widespread blowing snow after 1am. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 14. Wind chill values as low as -3. Blustery, with a northeast wind between 17 and 24 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
Wednesday: Snow and widespread blowing snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 21. Blustery, with a north northeast wind between 21 and 26 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
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