Up to a foot of snow could hit southern counties

Up to a foot of snow could hit southern counties

Up to a foot of snow could hit southern counties

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch starting Thursday night through Friday evening for Barry, Eaton, Ingham, Livingston, Calhoun, Jackson, Washtenaw, Branch, Hillsdale and Lenawee Counties in the WILX Viewing area.

The storm system stretches from western Montana across the Dakotas and parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and IL, and reaches as far east as southern MI.

Weather service forecasters warn of heavy snow, reduced visibility and hard travel conditions, including during the morning commute Friday.

Total snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches are expected in portions of northern in and southwest MI. Expect 2-4 inches of snow in the metro, and southern counties may see an inch or less.

The winter weather follows another storm, which began to fizzle out Monday after wreaking havoc in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri - where at least 13 people died in weather-related accidents.

As colder air moves in aloft, this wintry mix will transition over to all snow throughout the region by late Thursday. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23. Light snow fell over northern IN last night with a wintry mix falling south of Indianapolis.

In the Calgary area, the agency is forecasting 25 to 35 centimetres of snow while some areas in the mountain parks and the Foothills could get as much as 50 cm.

Friday: A 70 percent chance of snow, mainly before noon., high near 20.

"Snowfall rates up to 1 inch per hour are possible between midnight and 6 a.m. on Friday".

By early Friday, more than 100 flights were cancelled at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan. That will be followed by another storm tomorrow afternoon through evening, and then a third going into Saturday morning.

Sunday night: Mostly clear, low around 3.

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