* * UPDATE * * January 11, 4:43 pm * *

As Michigan residents prepare for a gripping winter storm, set to impact most residents sometime Friday afternoon, forecasters are now starting to predict more accurate snowfall amounts for different parts of the state.

According to Mlive, the heaviest snowfall amounts are expected in Northeast Michigan, with Alpena County expecting about 14 inches of snow.

Southern Michigan counties from Genesee County and to the south should be in for approximately five inches of snow, with lesser amounts in the Detroit area. Many areas of Lower Michigan, north of the Flint area can expect somewhere from seven to 12 inches by early Saturday.

Some Michigan residents will barely have an opportunity to clean up from this week's storm before a second round of winter weather moves in toward the end of the week.

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Michigan Has Enjoyed a Mild Winter ... So Far

It's been a while since Michigan has seen any significant snowfall. With the exception of Halloween 2023, most of Michigan's Lower Peninsula has seen very little snow, making this one of the mildest winters in recent history. While that Halloween snowstorm last year hit the west side of Michigan with nearly nine inches of snow, Southeast Michigan residents saw just under or just over one inch of snow.

Winter Storm Threatens to Roll Through Michigan Early This Week

As we've been reporting, a winter storm is likely to dump varying amounts of snow throughout Michigan beginning late Monday (1/8) night through early Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch beginning Tuesday morning through Wednesday morning, calling for six to 10 inches of snow in portions of Easter Upper and Northern Lower Michigan.

While the Grand Rapids area is in the storm's bullseye, residents of Southeast Michigan can expect "a burst of heavy wet snow that transitions to rain for most of the area. This may lead to hazardous travel for the Tuesday morning commute," according to the National Weather Service.

Fluctuating temperatures could mean some transitioning between heavy rain and wet snow. Areas farther south in Michigan will likely see more rain than snow.

A Late-Week System Could Mean a One-Two Punch for Michigan

Toward the end of the week - let's say Friday (1/12) afternoon into Saturday morning - another snow system could be headed our way.

According to Fox 17, this system is currently gathering momentum across the Rocky Mountain region and heading in our direction. This system appears to be comprised of more snow than rain, and could mean additional lake effect snow through the weekend.

It's too early to pinpoint exactly how much snow we could be in for toward the end of this week, but AccuWeather says we could see another 1.6 inches of snow beginning Friday afternoon, with another 4.9 inches falling through the night Friday into Saturday morning.

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