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Metro Detroit Sets Record For Snowiest Month Ever

DETROIT (WWJ) - It's another one for the record books.

Metro Detroit, last weekend, already broke the record for snowiest January in history with 38.3 inches on the ground.

And with Thursday night's snowfall, AccuWeather Meteorologist Dean DeVore said the region has set an all-time record for the snowiest month ever.

"We got eight-tenths of an inch, officially, at Detroit Metro Airport. So, that means the total for the month of January is 39.1 inches," DeVore said Friday morning.

That total eclipses the previous record of 38.5 inches for the snowiest month ever, set more than 100 years ago in February 1904.

"So, at least we have something to hang our hat on, right? A record," DeVore quipped.

And don't put the shovels away just yet -- Metro Detroit is expected to get up to six inches of snow over the next few days, with most of it falling during the day on Saturday. DeVore said the northern suburbs are likely to see the worst of it.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Livingston, Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair counties -- in effect from Saturday morning through Saturday evening.

Forecasters say there's potential for wet and heavy snow accumulation of 6 or more inches between sunrise Saturday and mid-Saturday afternoon, with additional accumulation possible into Sunday morning.


Some more welcome news:  It will be just a bit warmer over the weekend, with highest inching into the 30s on Saturday.

Here's the local forecast from the CBS Detroit weather team:

Friday: Cloudy skies. High around 30F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday Night: Cloudy with periods of light snow after midnight. Low 22F. Winds light and variable. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

Saturday: Snow in the morning will mix with rain during the afternoon. High 34F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. 3 to 5 inches of snow expected.
Saturday Night: Cloudy with rain and snow in the evening, light snow late. Low 18F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precip 90%. About one inch of snow expected.

Sunday: Overcast. High 27F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday Night: Partly to mostly cloudy. Low around 5F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Monday: Mostly sunny skies. High 21F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy skies in the evening, then becoming cloudy overnight. Low 7F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

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 now at this link.

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