Brace yourself once again, as Michigan is about to get smacked in the face with yet another major storm, this one bringing wet, heavy snow to our area.

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Ice, Ice, Snow, Baby

This latest round of winter weather comes on the heels of two ice storms that slammed our state recently, leaving hundreds of thousands of Consumers Energy and DTE Energy customers in the dark. At the time of this publication, a few thousand Michigan residents are still waiting for their power to be restored; most of those customers are in the Greenville area, about 30 miles northeast of Grand Rapids.

What Should Michigan Expect?

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch, which goes into effect Friday (3/3) at 3:00 pm. The Watch will remain in effect until early Saturday morning at 2:00 am. The following counties are affected by the upcoming Winter Storm Watch:

Genesee, Midland, Bay, Huron, Saginaw, Tuscola, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Lapeer, and St. Clair Counties. Snowfall rates could be in the neighborhood of one to two inches of snow per hour, which will lead to rapid snow accumulation.

Although the heaviest snowfall is expected Friday evening into Friday night, the National Weather Service says accumulating snow could come early enough to impact the Friday afternoon commute.

How Much Snow is Expected?

While the NWS is indicating that the Watch areas could see 6 to 10 inches of snow, Mlive Meteorologist Mark Torregrossa is saying many areas should be expecting readings of 7 inches.

"It’s a swath from southwest to northeast, including Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Bay City, possibly Kalamazoo, possibly Lansing, and possibly Flint," Torregrossa says. "There will likely be a lot of 7 to 8-inch recordings."

Note that the snow we're expecting is predicted to be wet, heavily saturated snow that makes shoveling very difficult. Use caution and take frequent breaks while attempting to cleanup from the storm.

Of course, with any forecast expectations can change as we get closer to the impending storm. Please be safe. Take care of any errands that need to be accomplished during the day on Friday so you can stay inside and watch the storm.

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