Ice and snow forecast for most of Michigan overnight Wednesday
A “messy” mix of snow and sleet is expected for much of Michigan Tuesday evening with a winter weather advisory in effect for most of the state through Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
About the only part not facing an advisory for part of the night and Wednesday morning is far southwestern Michigan, including Benton Harbor east of Coldwater.
Ice and snow
The system is coming in from the Central Plains and moving northeast, according to Sara Schultz, a meteorologist with the White Lake Township Weather Service.
For southeast Michigan, beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday, mixed precipitation will change to freezing rain in the evening and overnight, according to the weather service.
Snow and sleet accumulations of up to an inch and ice accumulations of about a tenth of an inch are expected for Wayne, Oakland, Monroe, Livingston, Washtenaw and Lenawee counties.
“A flurry of snow and sleet moves into the area west of US-23 at 8 p.m., then spreads southwest to northeast through Metro Detroit and the northern suburbs,” indicates the weather advisory.
The weather service is warning drivers that slippery roads could impact the Wednesday morning commute. The advisory is in effect in southeastern counties until 10 a.m.
The storm is expected to affect Midland, Bay, Saginaw, Shiawassee and Genesee counties after 10 p.m. and from midnight to noon Wednesday the advisory will be in effect for Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac, Lapeer, St. Clair and Macomb counties .
It will also be a sloppy day in northern Michigan. Starting early Wednesday morning and continuing through 2 p.m., the following towns in northern Lower Michigan will also be affected: Mancelona, Gaylord, Grayling, Mio, West Branch, Tawas City, Standish and Charlevoix.
Brief hot flash
Temperatures in the upper 30s during the day on Tuesday will drop below freezing overnight in metro Detroit, Schultz said, but Wednesday will be significantly warmer as southerly winds move through the region. Highs in southeast Michigan are expected in the 60s by Wednesday afternoon.
However, it will be short-lived. The end of the week and the weekend should return to cool days and cold nights, although mainly dry.