Updated forecast: 3 to 6 inches of snow for Ann Arbor area
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com
And there's the bad news: Friday’s evening rush hour could get ugly. Forecasters expect 1 to 2 inches of snow during the day Friday and another 2 to 4 inches Friday night. Forecasters’ best guess for a snowfall total is 4 inches for the Ann Arbor area, but it could range anywhere from 3 to 6 inches before it ends sometime around midnight.
It only took about an inch of snow to turn the Thursday morning commute into a white-knuckle adventure. Dozens of crashes were reported on Ann Arbor-area roads and freeways Thursday morning. Weather observers recorded a snowfall total of 1.2 inches in Ann Arbor.
Winter weather advisories for Friday are out for areas to our west, but forecasters will look at data overnight before deciding whether to issue one for Washtenaw County, said Bryan Tilley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township.
The snow will likely end around midnight Friday, Tilley said.
Before we get to the snow, we’ll have to endure a night of bone-chilling cold. Temperatures will drop into the single digits tonight with a low around 3 degrees expected and wind-chill values as low as 3 below zero.
The cold will stay with us Friday with wind chills sometimes as low as minus 4 and a high temperature of 19 expected.
Compared with the relative balmy conditions we’ve enjoyed for much of January and most of December, it’s bound to feel even worse.
“This stretch of weather is reminding us that it is winter in Michigan," Tilley said.
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