MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) (2/8/2018) - Mid-Michigan will be spared the worst of a winter storm bearing down on southern Michigan, but parts of the region still will receive a significant snowfall Friday.
The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids has issued a winter storm warning for the southern part of West Michigan and a winter weather advisory for the northern part of the region.
The National Weather Service in White Lake has not updated the winter storm watch issued Wednesday for Oakland and Livingston counties to the south.
Forecasts of the storm track shifted farther south on Thursday, dropping expected snowfall totals in Michigan.
The heaviest snow will fall along and south of Michigan border in Indiana and Ohio. The Detroit area likely will pick up more than 6 inches of snow from the system.
Snowfall amounts will diminish to the north. An area along and south of I-69, including the Flint metro area, can expect to see about 4 to 6 inches of snow from the system.
However, the northern parts of the ABC12 viewing area, including the Tri Cities, likely will see about 2 to 4 inches of snow. Areas north of Saginaw Bay may not see 2 inches.
If the storm track moves back to the north, snowfall will increase. If the track moves farther south, snowfall will decrease.
The snowfall will start after midnight sometime during the early morning hours of Friday and last about 12 hours. There may be a break in the snowfall in the early afternoon.
The snow likely will end in the late evening Friday or early morning hours of Saturday.