Snow fell Wednesday across a wide swath of southern Michigan, leaving roads slippery and leading to spin-outs and slide-off crashes as weather disrupted the morning commute and closed hundreds of schools.
Snow fell from the southwestern portion of the state up through the Thumb region, and Detroit and its suburbs saw a mix of snow and sleet. The northern part of the state mostly avoided Michigan's most recent brush with winter weather.
TV5 Meteorologist Catherine Bodak says the snow will continue to fall, mainly south of the Tri-Cities. It will be locally heavy at times especially in Shiawassee, Genesee and Lapeer Counties.
The snow will come to an end from the northwest to the southeast with some sunshine back for the afternoon. However, temperatures will be falling and we will be in the teens by this evening.
Watch for winds gusting in the 30s at times with 40-50 mph gusts possible for Huron and Sanilac Counties. As a result, brutally cold wind chill values are expected.
The heaviest snowfall was forecast for the state's southeastern corner, with 6 to 9 inches expected in the Monroe area by Wednesday afternoon. Detroit and southwestern Michigan could get 4 to 8 inches.
The weather service says the storm will likely move the Detroit area close to the seasonal snow record of 93.6 inches set in 1880-1881. Before the storm, Detroit Metropolitan Airport reached 84.1 inches.
Frigid temperatures will follow the latest storm, with readings dropping below zero late Wednesday or early Thursday, the weather service said. High temperatures reached the 50s in much of southern Michigan on Tuesday, with Detroit's high hitting 55 degrees.
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