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Winter Wallops Southeast Michigan Again – This Time for the Record

The record for the all-time snowiest winter could tumble in storm meteorologist says could be "the most impactful weather we've seen this winter" – and that's saying something.

A meteorologist with the National Weather Service says that if snow isn't removed before temperatures plummet Wednesday afternoon, it "will act like cement." (Patch file photo)
A meteorologist with the National Weather Service says that if snow isn't removed before temperatures plummet Wednesday afternoon, it "will act like cement." (Patch file photo)

Here we go again – this time for the record.

Today’s winter storm could put a big exclamation point on this winter of polar vortexes, record-breaking ice cover over Lake Michigan and one storm after another, making it the snowiest ever metro Detroit.

This winter is already 9.5 inches shy of breaking a 133-year-old record, set in the winter of 1880-81, when the Detroit metro area received a whopping 93.6 inches of snow. Not counting what’s falling now, at times at a rate of 2 inches an hour, the official total is 84.1 inches this year, MichiganLive said.

If the predictions of the National Weather Service, which has issued a winter storm warning through 3 p.m. today, are correct, that record could fall. Snowfall in the 8-10 inch range, with some locally higher amounts, is expected in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, St. Clair, Monroe and Lanawee counties.

Genesee  and Livingston Counties are expected to get 5-8 inches of snow, according to the NWS.

Rich Pollman, a warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service office at White Lake, told the Detroit Free Press that “as bad as this winter has been,” the storm could be “the most impactful weather we’ve seen this winter.”

The snow was expected to taper off by early afternoon., when winds will kick up to whip it around with gusts of up to 30 to 40 mph and temperatures will drop into the teens, sending wind chill values down to the zero range. The NWS said visibility could be reduced to zero.

The storm means more shoveling in a seemingly endless season of back-breaking work.  “Behind this system, it’s actually going to get quite cold, down to around zero degrees on Wednesday night,” Phil Kurimski, a senior meteorologist with the White Lake NWS office told CBS Local.  “So that snow, if it’s not removed, will act like cement.”

The storm is doubling down to create another nightmare for parents seeking daycare for their kids, with hundreds of area schools closed today.

>>>Click here to find a list of area closings.

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