He said the winter weather will be the result of a typical winter storm system moving into the area. Significantly moresnow and ice is expected in the northwestern portion of each county than the southeastern portion.
The weather service issued a winter storm warning for Washtenaw, Wayne, Lenawee and Monroe counties from 3 a.m. through midnight Friday.
Amounts: "at this point it looks like a widespread 6-10 inch snowfall with some 11-12" amounts in the normal favored areas a bit up in elevation.
Saturday: Snow likely, mainly after 1 p.m.
Be prepared for a hard Friday morning commute, the weather service said.
Despite the amount of snow that has fallen in southeast MI, were not in record territory yet said Frey.
Most school districts cancelled classes on Friday before any snow started falling, including the Chicago Public Schools. WDIV (Channel 4) lists 245 school closings or delays on Friday.
A system packing snow made its way through MA and New Hampshire on Wednesday. "Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel hard over some locations", Environment Canada said on its website.
"Nothing like what we're going to see tomorrow".
Fort Dodge reported nine inches of snow, while Waterloo took another six inches. "Not as much snow is expected but 1-4" can not be ruled out from I-80 to the southern border of the state by late Saturday.
Interior sections of the state could see more than a foot of snow.
Wednesday night will bring snow and much-colder temperatures as the low will be around 17 degrees. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Dane, Richland, Sauk, Columbia, Dodge and Jefferson counties for amounts of 3 to 6 inches there.
Accumulations will continue Friday, impacting both the morning and evening commute with snow gradually diminishing and ending from the west Friday evening. Temperatures have fallen into the -0s to 0s for most of the state, with the majority of Montana experiencing sub-zero wind chills.
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