LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — A messy storm system primarily bringing freezing rain and sleet is on track to move into mid-Michigan Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning.
Changes to the forecast are possible, but current models show that the greatest chance for freezing rain may be between I-96 and I-94.
Near and north of I-96, a mixture of sleet and snow is possible. While this will limit any ice accumulation on trees and power lines, it will still be able to create difficult travel conditions.
South of I-94, there is a chance for warmer air to move in late Wednesday, allowing for rain that would melt any accumulations seen from the previous round of freezing rain; however, this area could shift as the forecast track changes.
The general timeline of the event has shifted slightly, with a mixture of precipitation possible as early as late Wednesday morning.
The heaviest precipitation is still expected to be between Wednesday afternoon and night. As a result, it now appears that travel will become difficult around Wednesday afternoon, with impacts continuing until Thursday morning’s commute.
In addition to the batch of freezing rain, and potential ice accumulations, winds will also be gusting near 35-45 mph starting Wednesday night into Thursday afternoon. This could increase the chance of power outages in the area and potentially hamper any power restoration.
As previously mentioned, changes to the forecast are possible. So be sure to stick with 6 News for all updates for this storm as it evolves over the next few days.