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Meteorologist Catherine Bodak
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -
Mid-Michigan's next winter weather system is on the way.
As of Tuesday morning, over a foot of snow has fallen in parts of the southern plains. This low pressure system will lift to the northeast, impacting mid-Michigan late Tuesday, with lingering snow showers into Thursday.
TV5 Meteorologist Catherine Bodak says our next weather maker will track into the Ohio Valley Tuesday night. As this low pressure system approaches, abundant moisture will spread across the area late this afternoon through tonight and linger into Wednesday. This batch of precipitation will start as a mix of rain, sleet and snow. A wintry mix will fall along I-69 while areas north of that will receive mostly snow. All areas will transition to snow overnight. As cold air filters in, we will start to see moderate to heavy wet snow. 6"+ of snow is expected for areas of the thumb with 3-6" possible for everyone else. Expect hazardous driving during the duration of the event. Drier and cooler air will move in for the end of the workweek and for the weekend.
Slippery roads will be a concern from Tuesday evening through the Wednesday morning commute. Visibilities will also be low where heavy snow is falling. Because this will be heavier, wet snow, tree branches may fall and power outages will be possible.
A winter storm warning is in effect for Huron, Sanilac, and Lapeer counties Tuesday afternoon and last until Wednesday morning. Winter weather advisories for Isabella and Gratiot counties start at 4 p.m. Tuesday, and end at 6 a.m. Wednesday. The winter weather advisory for Midland, Bay, Saginaw, Tuscola, Shiawassee, and Genesee counties will be from 6pm Tuesday, until 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Initial snow forecast is 3-6" throughout mid-Michigan by Wednesday evening. Locally higher amounts will be possible, especially in the winter storm watch areas.
Stay with WNEM.com and TV5 as we track the storm.
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