Changing forecast increases possible snow totals for Mid-Michigan

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MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) (3/1/2018) - The southern part of Mid-Michigan was placed under a winter weather advisory on Thursday, as a slight change in the forecast of a storm system increased possible snow totals.

The storm system was moving over the region around midday on Thursday.

Precipitation started with very light rain showers and snow flurries as cold air wrapped around the low pressure center bringing the precipitation. Snow showers were expected to pick up in intensity through the afternoon.

Snowfall will last through the evening hours. The snow will be wet and heavy, creating slushy road conditions through Thursday afternoon and evening.

Area road crews were gearing up for a slushy and sloppy commute home Thursday evening. With temperatures hovering near the freezing mark, road salt will be very effective melting any accumulation on roadways.

All precipitation should be done well before the Friday morning commute.

The ABC12 First Alert Weather team is calling for 3 to 6 inches of snowfall in the southern parts of the viewing area. Livingston and Oakland counties were under a winter storm warning with 5 to 9 inches of snowfall expected.

The Metro Detroit area was under a winter weather advisory as well, but early precipitation was falling as heavy rain. That will reduce the amount of snow possible.

Snowfall amounts will diminish to the north. The Tri Cities likely will receive about 1 to 3 inches of snow while areas north of Saginaw Bay may not see an inch of snow.

Snow totals on the ground will appear less than the amount that actually falls. Full sun and temperatures in the 50s and 60s warmed the ground somewhat, so quite a bit of snow will melt on contact.

Any snow that accumulates on the ground should be relatively short-lived. Temperatures are expected to rebound back above freezing on Friday with sunshine and 40s returning for the weekend.

Light rain showers and temperatures in the low to mid-40s are expected Monday and Tuesday.

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