Thursday, March 14, 2013
The sun is shining brightly over West Bloomfield today, but a wintry mix is predicted starting late Thursday night.
In the battle of spring vs. winter this week in West Bloomfield, winter is about to take the lead. Forecasters from the National Weather Service are calling for a chance of snow and freezing drizzle overnight. A "Hazardous Weather Statement" issued Thursday calls for a the freezing rain to develop after midnight in areas north of I-94, including West Bloomfield and all of Oakland County. There is a 90 percent chance of snow and freezing rain on Friday. "A fast-moving storm system will bring accumulating snowfall late Friday afternoon through Friday night," the statement reads. "Confidence is increasing in appreciable snowfall in the 2 to 4-inch range across much of the area." There is a potential for the Friday evening rushhour to be …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Hundreds of homes near Farmington Road and Maple are without power Wednesday morning, DTE says, after heavy snow fell overnight.
More than 300 households in West Bloomfield are waking up Wednesday without power, according to the latest reports from DTE Energy. At least 300 DTE Energy customers are without power west of Farmington Road and north of Maple Wednesday morning, according to the DTE Outage Map. The outage is due to "problem with underground equipment," DTE says, with restoration times expected between 9:30-11:30 p.m. Wednesday. West Bloomfield is also waking up Wednesday with a winter weather advisory after several inches of wet, heavy snow fell overnight — closing West Bloomfield Schools as well as several area private schools. According to the National Weather Service, heavy snow can bring down tree branches and weigh down power lines, resulting in …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
A "plume" of moisture will sweep across southern Michigan Tuesday evening, dumping a lot wet, heavy snow.
That groundhog is seeming less and less like a good weatherman by the day. More snow is in the forecast for West Bloomfield and all of Metro Detroit Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). In fact, a winter storm watch has been issued for the Birmingham area starting Tuesday afternoon. According to the NWS, a low pressure system will bring a "plume of deep moisture" across southern Michigan on Tuesday. The cold air means this area of moisture should be able to sustain a band of heavy, wet snow — up to six inches of snow, in fact. "There remains some uncertainty as to the overall track of this storm system and the locations which will receive the more prolonged period of heavy snow," the forecast says, noting that areas …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Expect a glazing of ice and dangerous road conditions Wednesday morning, says National Weather Service.
Be prepared for a slippery, sloppy morning commute as snow, sleet and freezing rain move into the area late tonight into tomorrow morning, according to the National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac. Snow tonight will transition to a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain after 1 a.m. as temperatures slowly warm and hover around freezing overnight. A glazing of ice along with minor snow accumulation is expected for the Wednesday morning commute, according to the weather service. Drivers should exercise caution on the roads. The sleet and freezing rain will transition to light rain by late Wednesday morning. Stay tuned to West Bloomfield Patch for the latest weather, traffic and school closing information.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Lesser amounts of snow are expected in our area, as a storm system which was expected to drop half a foot of snow on West Bloomfield overnight has shifted north.
A low pressure system which was previously expected to drop as much as six to eight inches of snow on the Metro Detroit area is now expected to hit West Bloomfield less so. According to the National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac, a winter storm warning is still in effect until 7 p.m. Friday. The low pressure system is now expected to move further north, hitting hardest north of M-59 and in the Saginaw Valley area, dropping two to five inches of snow on Metro Detroit. It also appeared early Friday morning that school would remain in session for West Bloomfield students. Meanwhile, Orchard Lake St. Mary's Preparatory and Our Lady of Refuge is closed. A winter storm watch remains in effect for the area through Friday morning. Rain and …
As much as six inches of snow may land on southeast Michigan by Friday morning.
The National Weather Service this afternoon issued a winter storm watch for all of southeast Michigan, with predictions of as much as half a foot of snow by Friday morning. According to the alert, a low pressure system is expected to move into the area Thursday evening, bringing with it a mix of rain and snow that will change over to all snow Thursday night. Expect snow-covered, slippery roads and a messy commute Friday morning. Stay tuned to West Bloomfield Patch for updates, and learn how the weather affects your travel by clicking Traffic & Gas in the blue menu bar on this page.
Friday, February 3, 2012
Halfway through the season, we've had little snowfall and averaged 30 degrees. There's even more of the same this weekend, according to forecasts.
Show of hands: Who went out without gloves this week or rode with a car window open? You're not alone. January just went out like a lamb, a two-months-early calendar twist that's unusual here. So is an average Metro Detroit winter temperature of 30.7 degrees, six weeks into the season, and snowfall barely above nine inches – compared to nearly 18 inches in January 2011. "It is surprising," National Weather Service meteorologist said this week from the monitoring station at White Lake. It recorded a Tuesday reading of 56 degrees and forecasts high temperatures of 40-44 degrees through Monday. In Rochester, unseasonal weather won’t stop a Snow Daze benefit for the Animal Care Network this Saturday afternoon. "We plan to host our annual Snow …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Around an inch of snow fell in Troy this morning; an additional 1-5 inches are predicted Friday and Saturday, the National Weather Service says.
Snow has returned to Michigan, and some areas could receive up to six inches of snowfall by Saturday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac. Much of Metro Detroit saw measurable snowfall Thursday morning; Troy received about an inch before the snowfall tapered off just after noon. Friday, another cold front will make its way to the area, bringing with it another 1-5 inches of additional snowfall beginning Friday afternoon and continuing through Saturday morning. The National Weather Service predicts snowfall totals will be highest south of the Interstate-69 corridor, though "total accumulations are still a little uncertain." In a special weather statement, the weather service also warned that pockets of …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Snow will fall throughout the day as winds pick up and temps fall this afternoon.
The fluffy snow falling across the region will continue throughout the day with accumulations of 1-3 inches expected by the end of the day, according to the National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac. Temperatures will fall to freezing by around 5 p.m. with a nighttime low around 19 degrees. In addition to cold temperatures, blustery conditions are expected tonight as winds pick up this evening to between 14 and 21 m.p.h. with gusts as high as 28 m.p.h. Wednesday is expected to be sunny and windy with a high near 26.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Budget cuts and a decrease in staffing will again affect the Road Commission for Oakland County's ability to clear the roads after a winter storm.
After receiving much criticism for its response to last year's Dec. 12 snowstorm and icy road conditions, the Road Commission for Oakland County is preemptively warning drivers and residents to be extra careful on the roads today and throughout the season. Budget cuts in recent years have left the agency with fewer employees to maintain and drive an aging fleet of snowplows and salt trucks. "The first snow always catches some drivers off guard," RCOC public information officer Craig Bryson said, "so we want to remind everyone to use caution, assume the roads are slippery and slow down so we can all make it home." With 3-5 inches of snow expected to fall tonight and into tomorrow, Bryson said the RCOC is prepared to handle the roads during …