A mix of rain and wet, heavy snow made for a messy morning commute Wednesday as Winter Storm Rocky moved through Berkley, Huntington Woods and the rest of southeast Michigan.
The slushy conditions Wednesday weren't enough to cancel classes in the Berkley School District or at Our Lady of La Salette Catholic School and Academy, but more than 650 other districts throughout Metro Detroit closed for the day, according to clickondetroit.com.
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The National Weather Service, which issued the following alerts covering southeast Michigan, warned of heavy snowfall, dangerous road conditions and possible power outages in the storm's wake.
- A winter weather advisory in effect until noon Wednesday warned of snow accumulation up to 5 inches, coupled with poor visibility, creating hazardous conditions on area roadways.
- A special weather statement issued just after 8 p.m. Tuesday cautioned: "Visibilities in the heaviest activity will decrease to less than one mile. Snowfall accumulation during the next couple of hours will be between a half inch to an inch per hour. Motorists are urged to use caution due to fluctuations in visibility and quickly changing road conditions."
The snow was expected to continue Wednesday, with new accumulation up to 2 inches or more possible and a high of 36 degrees, according to the NWS.