DETROIT (WWJ) – Put your seat belt on — the weather roller coaster we’ve been riding this week is about to head downhill.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory, currently in effect until 7 p.m. Friday, for metro Detroit and the surrounding area — including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Monroe, St. Clair, Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee and Tuscola counties.
Forecasters say rain will turn to a mix of freezing rain and sleet early Friday, before changing over to all snow as temperatures drop down into the 20s.
The wintry weather has caused several area schools to close for the day, including all public schools in Livingston and Washtenaw counties. Click here for the latest school closings.
The NWS says this combination of snow and ice will result in difficult travel conditions, including slippery roads and limited visibilities, potentially affecting both the morning and evening commutes on Friday. Total ice accumulations of around one tenth will be possible with total snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches expected.
Know before you go: Keep it tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 for the latest forecast during traffic and weather, every 10 minutes on the 8s. See the live, local radar at this link and check road conditions here.