MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) (2/10/2019) - "Snow" could be the buzzword this week, as Mid-Michigan could receive more than a foot of the white stuff.
The first of three waves made its way through Sunday night giving a coating of snow to the area. The next two, however, will be much more potent.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the northern part of Mid-Michigan for Monday evening through Wednesday morning. Midland, Bay, Huron, Saginaw, Tuscola, Sanilac and counties farther north are covered by the watch.
Clare, Gratiot and Isabella counties are under a Winter Weather Advisory for the same time period.
The main event comes Monday evening. Mid-Michigan will be on the edge of a rain-snow line, which could bring a mix of heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain blown around by winds gusting to 40 mph.
Most of northern Mid-Michigan could receive about one-tenth of an inch of freezing rain mixed in with the snow from Monday night through Wednesday morning.
Forecasts show 5 to 8 inches of snow is likely from Saginaw Bay and northward with 8 to 10 inches possible anywhere north of Standish and Clare. These areas are covered by the Winter Storm Watch.
The counties covered by the Winter Weather Advisory could receive 5 to 8 inches of snow to the north and only 3 to 5 inches of snow to the south.
Temperatures will be a couple degrees warmer around the Flint area Monday night and Tuesday, so 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected -- a lot of which will melt during the afternoon. That's because more of the precipitation will fall as rain and sleet instead of snow.
After that is all complete, weather will remain tranquil from Wednesday morning to Thursday night. Then another storm system will move over Mid-Michigan.
Long range forecast models are calling for another significant snow event for the end of the work week, but the totals expected are too far out to predict.