Snow Returns across Mid-Michigan - WNEM TV 5

Snow Returns across Mid-Michigan

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Porjected Snowfall Totals ending 12:00 PM Tuesday, January 12 Porjected Snowfall Totals ending 12:00 PM Tuesday, January 12
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Following quickly on the heels of this weekend's winter storm, snow is making its return to Mid-Michigan. Occasional periods of moderate to heavy snow will impact the region through the early stages of Tuesday, likely leading to school closings and contributing to hazardous travel conditions.

Current Winter Weather Alerts

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY: BAY, MIDLAND, SAGINAW, GENESEE, SHIAWASSEE, LAPEER, TUSCOLA, SANILAC, and Huron counties from 12 AM Tuesday through 7 PM Tuesday.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY: CLARE, ISABELLA, and GRATIOT counties from 1 AM Tuesday through 7 PM Tuesday.

Storm Breakdown

An area of low pressure will work its way through the region overnight and into the first half of Tuesday. Snow will become increasingly steady throughout the overnight hours, leaving many of us waking up to a few inches of fresh powder on the ground.

Expected snowfall totals around Mid-Michigan are a general 3 to 5 inches. Those totals will increase toward West Michigan, especially near the lakeshore. If you have to travel to those areas tomorrow, it might be wise to reschedule if possible. Snowfall totals west of US-127 are expected to be near 5-7 inches, nearing closer to a foot of snow near the lakeshore.

You'll find the snowfall map for the TV5 viewing area attached in this article. Click to enlarge it.

Storm Impacts

Hazardous travel on Tuesday will the main threat with this storm. As is the case with snowfall events, roads will be slick.

But there's another concern with tomorrow's snow. It is expected to be more of a light and fluffy snow than a heavy wet snow. That, in combination with some gusty winds, near 30 to 35 miles per hour at times, will cause blowing and drifting snow.

This means rapidly changing visibilities are possible, nearing whiteout conditions at times. Planning extra travel time to your destinations will be a smart idea tomorrow.

Although not expected to be widespread, scattered power outages are also possible with gusty winds, and with wind chills remaining in the single digits tomorrow, you'll want to have a plan in place if you do lose power.

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