That will be followed by another storm tomorrow afternoon through evening, and then a third going into Saturday morning.
The forecast called for a tapering off of the initial storm Saturday morning, with another winter storm poised to arrive Saturday night, bringing 3 to 5 more inches of snow through Sunday. The snow will persist into Friday morning. This is based on lighter snow totals now expected in our area.
Volunteers with the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow reported nearly 2 inches of snow in Utica and Bloomfield Township.
The weather service says snow will start falling by late Thursday afternoon, continuing throughout the day Friday.
Snow will continue through Friday, with the warning now set to expire at 9 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect from late tonight through Friday evening. Most of the snowfall should be east of our area by midday.
"High will be near 37 degrees, with wind chill values between 15 and 25". The northern extent of the snow will not be quite as heavy, and the duration of the event will not last as long north of the Tri-Cities.
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Farther north and east, the storm is still expected to drop 12"+ of snow on the Hi-Line and across central Montana".
Just as a powerful storm finally passes through the Midwest, yet another is on its way to dump even more snow in that region as well as the Northeast.
Hundreds of schools closed in Detroit due to the storm, as well, with between 6 and 9 inches of snow expected to fall through Friday.
Several of the states expecting the heaviest snowfall are now issuing storm warnings, including in Ohio, Michigan, Northern Indiana, Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin, and Eastern Iowa, and thousands of flights have been canceled.
Road conditions began deteriorating Thursday night as the system neared Chicago, the Illinois Department of Transportation tweeted.
While road crews sometimes pretreat roads with liquid sodium chloride before a big snow event to prevent snow from sticking to the pavement, Shirripa said that was not being done Thursday.