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Winter storm to bring heavy ice and snow to mid-Michigan Wednesday

A map of Michigan. On the left portion of the image it reads: These areas could shift a county or so north or south from the current forecast. This would impact snow, sleet and freezing rain accumulations and impacts. Timing of heaviest precipitation rates: 12pm Wednesday-10pm Wednesday. On the left hand side in blue is the northern part of the state of Michigan shaded in blue (mainly snow) is: Ludington (west) to Bad Axe (east) to Charlevoix (northwest) and Alpena (north east). Shaded in purple (ice pellets, snow, freezing rain) is: Grand Rapids (west) to Alepna (north) to Flint (east). Shaded in green (main rain but some freezing rain possible) is the areas south of Kalamazoo (west) to Detroit (east).
National Weather Service
People should expect a mixture of freezing rain and ice to move across the mid-Michigan region throughout the day on Wednesday.

A winter storm heading to Michigan this week is expected to bring a mixture of freezing rain, snow and some sleet. An ice storm warning will be in effect beginning Wednesday morning.

The entire state is likely to be affected by the incoming winter storm. The storm will bring snow to the northern portions of the state, while mid-Michigan is likely to see heavy rain and ice.

Brandon Hoving, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids, says some areas may accumulate as much as half an inch of ice.

“Your worst conditions are expected late on Wednesday, so we don't want people to get caught off guard here with the Wednesday evening commute,” he said. “People heading into work tomorrow morning thinking nothing's going on. And this precipitation will come in pretty quick and pretty heavy.”

According to Hoving the heaviest ice will be between I-96 and I-94 with scattered power outages possible in that area due to the ice and strong winds.

“Wednesday and Wednesday night, we're going to have gusty winds from the northeast, around 20 miles per hour potentially gusting over 40,” he said.

The central and northern-lower parts of the Lower Peninsula could see anywhere between six to 12 inches of snow.

“The heaviest snow accumulation are likely to occur near north of M-46,” Hoving added.

On Thursday, highs around 50 are likely, with potentially strong winds, anywhere between 35 to 50 miles per hour. Hoving says a cold blast with snow is expected this weekend.

As WKAR's Bilingual Latinx Stories Reporter, Michelle reports in both English and Spanish on stories affecting Michigan's Latinx community.
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