Metro Detroit weather: 4 to 8 inches of snow expected  01/17/2020 11:13:17   Paul Grossemailtwitter

DETROIT  Friday mornings computer model guidance is very consistent with what Ive seen the past couple of days, giving me high confidence in a noteworthy winter storm arriving Friday night and continuing into Saturday.

The daytime hours today, however, will be quite benign -- a nice winter day, actually -- with some sunshine and highs near 30 degrees (thats -1 degree Celsius for our Canadian friends across the river). Light and variable wind means that there wont be much wind chill, either!

Todays sunrise is at 7:59 a.m., and todays sunset is at 5:28 p.m.

Conditions remain dry for our Friday evening plans -- including if youre heading to the Red Wings game against the Penguins at LCA -- but snow arrives around or after midnight, and becomes heavy overnight.

When you wake up Saturday morning, big snowflakes will be coming down! Itll be beautiful, unless you have to get out and drive in that stuff. During the morning, its possible that some sleet could mix in across the southern part of our area but, for most of us, itll be mostly snow. By afternoon, the snow will change to some light rain, as temperatures rise to near 40 degrees (4 to 5 degrees Celsius). It will become very windy during the afternoon, with gusts over 40 mph possible.

As for snow accumulations, it appears that the range across southeast Michigan will be 4 to 8 inches, but keep in mind that the amount that falls will not be the amount you see at the end of the afternoon due to compaction and melting from the rain and above freezing temperatures. Here are some key points to remember:

  • Youll want to try and get this snow removed by late Saturday afternoon or early evening, as temperatures Saturday night will drop well below freezing, turning this snow into a solid lump of crust. You wont be able to shovel this stuff on Sunday (or Monday, or Tuesday) if you wait. Get it done Saturday.
  • This will be a heart attack snow -- a heavy snow thats tough to shovel. Do not try to remove this yourself if you are elderly or have health problems. Pay a kid down the street $15 or $20 to do it for you -- youll be glad you did. At the very minimum, get out there multiple times during the snow to shovel so you have less to push.
  • Im concerned about the potential wind gusts Saturday afternoon -- those winds could bring down some tree limbs, and especially those potentially weakened in areas that got freezing rain last weekend. Power outages are possible, so be prepared just in case.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for LIVINGSTON, OAKLAND, MACOMB, WASHTENAW, WAYNE, LENAWEE and MONROE counties from midnight to noon Saturday.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued ST. CLAIR, LAPEER, GENESEE AND SANILAC Counties.

Snow showers are possible Saturday night, into Sunday, but Im not expecting meaningful accumulation. Lows Saturday night in the mid 20s (-4 degrees Celsius), with temperatures holding steady at that number through the day on Sunday.

Like last weekend, this is a great storm to monitor on our free Local4Casters weather app. At the click of a button you can see temps, wind, precipitation, future radar (showing you the precipitations projected movement over the next several hours), road conditions, lightning, and even earthquakes if you need a change of pace. Just search WDIV in the app store&its right there and easy to download.

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