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Posted on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 7:40 a.m.

Forecast in Ann Arbor: Cold, with a little snow now and a lot more later

By Cindy Heflin

Snow moving into the Ann Arbor area Thursday morning is a bit of an appetizer for the main course, which will arrive Friday.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement this morning urging motorists to allow extra time for travel as snow falls and roads become snow covered and slick. Multiple crashes were reported on highways and roads throughout Washtenaw County this morning.


Ann Arbor area residents can expect a couple of cold and snowy days.

Melanie Maxwell |

This morning’s snowfall comes ahead of a cold front expected to push into the area this afternoon, sending temperatures plunging into the single digits tonight. Coming on its heels is a low-pressure system that could bring up to 5 inches of snow to the area Friday. Exact snowfall totals are still uncertain, the weather service said.

After this morning's snow moves out of the area, we can expect mostly cloudy skies with temperatures falling to about 15 by about 5 p.m. Temperatures will continue their downward slide overnight to about 6 degrees with wind-chill values as low as 1 below zero. Snow flurries are possible.

Snow is likely after 1 p.m. with accumulations of 1 to 2 inches expected. A high of 20 is forecast.

Snow will continue Friday night with additional accumulations of 2 to 4 inches expected.

For updated forecasts and conditions anytime, check's weather page.


Tom Wall

Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 10:05 p.m.

Yea! Warm weather is just around the corner.


Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 5:05 p.m.

Slow it down people, take your time and pay attention. Hang up the phone, quit eating and drive. Arrive late if you have too, its OK. Its so easy for some people to sit behind a computer and bash the Road Commission. But please give them a break. Let them do their job. They have orders to follow so if they don't do things to your liking, Too bad. They are out there working extremely hard to try to make things better for us all.


Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 7:59 p.m.

@ranger007...what you talkin' about? It's winter in Michigan...snow doesn't melt on contact? Funny thing is salt on the road won't work in the extreme cold so that, of course, will give them something else to gripe about...if you don't like the weather and conditions...stay home and off the road...or take a bus!


Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 6:19 p.m.

These people will never get it. I can't hear the people complaining cuz the snow that is supposed to come tomorrow is accumulating on the road and not melting on contact.

Buster W.

Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 3:34 p.m.

"Officers are now shutting entire roads down..." What roads?


Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 3:45 p.m.

7 mile


Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 2:41 p.m.

Officers are now shutting entire roads down until the Road Commission can get someone out there to salt and sand. I'll be interested to hear the accident tally for this morning. I've seen trucks running up and down my secondary road at about 55 mph, but not plowing or salting.


Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 4:56 p.m.

Justcurious- you need to stop bashing the road commission when you have no clue what those truck are dispatched to do. They are out busting their rears to help the public out. There is only so much so often that a truck can do. And also if it is too cold, salt does not work.


Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 4:14 p.m.

"I've seen trucks running up and down my secondary road at about 55 mph, but not plowing or salting." Yea right!


Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 1:44 p.m.

And the accidents on Washenaw County roads are piling up again, as usual.


Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 4:58 p.m.

As usual?- nevermind it could be the roads are bad due to weather or people that can't slow down and drive properly in this weather. But wait go ahead JustCurious- start bashing the road commission.

Bertha Venation

Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 1:19 p.m.

Yeee HA! Bring it on!


Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 1:16 p.m.

I know that it has been an unusual winter for us, but how lame is it that 2-4 inches on Friday would be considered "a lot?"

steve h

Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 2:32 p.m.

Actually it can all be attributed to bad driving and poor planning.


Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 2:30 p.m.

given the utter mess the roads are at this moment (9am) due to a slight build up of ice and a dusting of snow - um, its lame but clearly its a problem.


Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 1:52 p.m.

WalkingJoe, poor road maintenance by WCRC doesn't help. Not all of these accidents can be attributed to bad driving. Officers are calling for salt once again. This should have been done already.


Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 1:32 p.m.

My thoughts also squidlover. But I also have to say that the way some folks drive around here even the 1" we're supposed to get this morning could seem like a lot.

Bertha Venation

Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 1:19 p.m.

I'm with you, squid.