Heavy, wet snow brings icy roads, power outages
(WJBK) - We got a little taste of springtime earlier this week, but the winter weather came back full force.
Metro Detroit was hit with heavy, wet snow Thursday, creating hazardous driving conditions and knocking out power to thousands of customers. Trees scattered throughout the area were reported knocked over as well.
Rain and snow fell Thursday and wrapped up early Friday, leaving behind icy conditions. Numerous crashes were reported on Detroit-area roadways. You can get a live look at a traffic map here at www.fox2detroit.com/traffic.
Schools were shut for the day Friday in the Detroit Public Schools Community District and some other districts due to the weather. You can see a full closure list here.
DTE Energy reports 74,000 of its customers were affected and 62,000 had no power as of Friday morning because of heavy, wet snow. Outages are concentrated in Wayne, Washtenaw, Oakland and Macomb counties.
Some cities declared snow emergencies to prohibit parking on streets.
Warmer temperatures are forecast for the coming days. The overnight temperatures will hover in the 20s, though, meaning this snow might not melt too quickly.
The Associated Press contributed to this report