Snowfall could snarl Metro Detroit commutes Monday evening


The National Weather Service predicts snow Monday night through Tuesday, which could create dangerous driving conditions in Metro Detroit.

“Those totals may change as we get closer to the event, but our latest forecast is two to four inches for the metro Detroit area,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Ian Lee.

The weather service issued a dangerous forecast for parts of southeast Michigan on Sunday, including counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Monroe, Lenawee, St. Clair and Livingston.

One to two inches are expected on Sunday when an upper level front moves through the region.

“The snow falling today is generally light,” said Lee. “The snow that falls Monday night through Tuesday, depending on how early it starts to fall, can affect the Monday night commute and then the Tuesday morning commute,” Lee said.

Travel Monday night could be growled through snow-covered, slippery roads and poor visibility, the weather service said.

Lee said the snow will most likely stick due to the almost freezing temperatures. Monday has a high of 34 degrees and a low of 29 with gusts of wind up to 24 mph in the evening.

Metro Detroit has accumulated less snow at this point in the winter season compared to previous years.

So far, Metro Detroit has accumulated 16.3 inches of snow, and the average accumulation at that point is 20.6 inches. The winter season is measured from the end of October to the end of April.