Snow, freezing rain moving through metro Detroit

Published On: Feb 20 2014 04:22:35 AM EST
Updated On: Feb 20 2014 11:25:18 AM EST

DETROIT -

Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 4 p.m. for Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Wayne and Washtenaw -- and all counties north into the Thumb Region. The main concern is late morning snow and freezing rain lingering into the early afternoon. Temperatures will be crucial as the quicker we warm, the less likely ice will be an issue.

High Wind Watch: Midnight through all day Friday.

Winds will be howling overnight and all day tomorrow 20-40 mph sustained winds with some gusts 50-60 mph. So there is high concern for wind damage and power outages.

We are tracking a storm moving out of the Plain States today into the Great Lakes Region and it looks like the event will begin between 10am and noon.

Right now, most radar returns and indications show rain but as morning temps drop we will see a threat for a wintry mix. Areas north of 12 Mile have the greatest chance for freezing rain and minor snow accumulations as most of Metro Detroit should be mostly rain.

We will all transition to rain through the afternoon.

The heaviest rains will subside into the late afternoon after a half inch of rain or more has fallen. That too, leads to some minor flooding concerns.

Spotty lighter rain showers through the afternoon and evening with a few rumbles of thunder possible.

Highs climb slowly today in the mid 30s at noon and upper 30s to 40 degrees this afternoon.

Our high of mid 40s comes tonight. Watch out for areas of dense fog through today too. Winds are SE 7-17 mph with stronger gusts.

Wind will be a big problem overnight and all day Friday.

We will have issues with power outages and wind damage from winds that will gust to near Tropical Storm Force. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy tomorrow with scattered snow showers.

Cooler temps Friday will be in the 30s and winds still 20-35 mph gusting very strong.

Colder air will return this weekend with nothing more expected than a few flurries early Saturday.

It will not be a big deal other than to show our temps cooling back to more winter like conditions.

Saturday will be in the mid 30s and still breezy, while Sunday will drop us down in the 20s to near 30 degrees.

You can get a look at the radar and your weekend outlook on the weather page of clickondetroit.com and by following the links below.

Weather links:

·         Detailed forecast

·         Radar

·         Temperatures

·         School closings

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