Expect a lot of rain on Saturday in Detroit.
Metro Detroit will not be left out of the winter storm that hits Michigan this weekend .
It is predicted that an incoming winter storm that will bring freezing rain, ice buildup, sleet and hurricane winds over Lake Huron will extend its reach to the counties of the Detroit metropolitan area.
According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm warning is applied for Midland, Bay, Huron, Saginaw, Tuscola, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Livingston and Oakland counties. A winter weather warning is in effect for Macomb, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties.
"A significant ice storm is expected to start this morning and continue until Sunday morning," shared the NWS in a Facebook update. "Northeast winds of 30 to 40 mph are also expected during the event that will potentially increase the impacts of ice on the trees."
The counties of Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Livingston and Oakland could see ice accumulations of 0.2 to 0.4 inches, while the counties of Midland, Bay, Huron, Saginaw, Tuscola and Sanilac could see 0 , 25 to 0.5 inches of ice buildup, plus up to 1 inch of sleet, according to the NWS.
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Although Macomb, Washtenaw and Wayne only have one warning in place, the NWS said they could see between 0.1 to 0.2 inches of ice buildup.
Michigan State Police encouraged Michigan residents to prepare for adverse weather conditions.
State police suggested: charging cell phones and other electronic devices in case of power outages, evaluating whether driving is necessary or slow, creating emergency kits, staying at least 25 feet away from downed power lines, and Be sure not to touch any line if you are cleaning trees or branches (they conduct electricity), reporting interruptions to your utility company and you are never running a generator inside.
Prepare for the possibility of frozen cars, slippery roads and sunken power lines. Take a look at some tips and advice to prepare to face the incoming weather, here.
Contact the journalist Aleanna Siacon at ASiacon@wayne.edu. Follow her on Twitter: @AleannaSiacon.
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