MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) (2/11/2019) - Back-to-back winter storms are taking aim at Mid-Michigan this week.
The first storm will move through overnight Monday into Tuesday and last all the way into Wednesday morning. The forecast is tricky and it’s important to pay attention to the order of events with this one.
A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Saginaw, Sanilac, Tuscola and all counties to the north from 3 a.m. Tuesday through 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Genesee, Gratiot, Lapeer and Shiawassee counties to the south are under a Winter Weather Advisory from midnight Monday night through 3 p.m. Wednesday.
For Flint and the I-69 corridor, expect snow to start flying around 2 to 3 a.m. As the storm continues to move northward, some warmer air will follow.
This means around 6 to 7 a.m. the snow will transition over to freezing rain. As the storm moves even farther north, the freezing rain will transition tinto rain as temperatures warm into the upper 30s.
Later in the evening, the back side of the storm will transition the precipitation back to snow. This will bring in more, albeit smaller, accumulations.
It’s important to realize that much of the 3 to 5 inches of snow that is expected in the Flint area and the I-69 corridor will melt as the storm progresses. It’ll fall early then melt in the rain through the rest of the day.
For the areas to the north, including the Tri-Cities, much more of the precipitation will fall as snow and much less as rain. This means snow totals will be higher and only a small amount of that will be melting.
Expect 5 to 8 inches around the Saginaw Bay area with 8 to 10 inches expected anywhere north of M-55.
Snow up north will be accumulated through the day Tuesday and into Wednesday. Snow slowly dies down Wednesday morning and into the afternoon.
Our next storm system will move in Thursday night into Friday. However, details on that will become more clear once our first storm passes by.
Stay tuned for updates.