Winter's early arrival continued on Thursday, bringing our second widespread round of snow in less than a week.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in effect until 10:00 AM for all Mid-Michigan counties.
Periods of steady and occasionally heavy snow will continue across Mid-Michigan this evening. Brief bouts of freezing drizzle may also mix in with the snow at times, making for potentially dangerous travel conditions. Treated and well-traveled roads will remain clear but wet, but heavier bursts of snow cloud lead to a slushy coating of snow or even some patchy ice. This will be especially true on secondary roads, as temperatures hover right around freezing.
Widespread snow will taper off to isolated snow showers after midnight, as an area of low pressure near Cincinnati transfers its energy to a developing nor'easter off the coast of Virginia. Even so, roads will remain treacherous into the Friday morning commute.
A final burst of snow shower activity will race across Mid-Michigan during the Friday morning commute, courtesy of a fast-moving clipper system. Snow may be heavy at times, and will certainly re-aggravate the already slick road conditions. Once again, allow yourself some extra travel time, and keep a lookout for potentially icy patches.
Snow showers will depart with the clipper by midday, but the system will whip up some strong winds in its wake. Westerly winds will increase to 10-20 mph, gusting up to 30 mph at times through the afternoon and early-evening hours. that will make temperatures in the middle to upper 30s feel more like the 20s, and could also result in some scattered power outages.
By the time the snow is all said and done, locations south and west of Saginaw Bay will pick up anywhere from 1"-3" of accumulation on grassy surfaces. Totals will inch slightly higher from Midland north and west, finishing up around 2"-4". See the full forecast in the map below.
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