When will snow start falling in Southeast Michigan?

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Metro Detroit's next weather system will start with rain Wednesday night and turn into snow Thursday morning. 

The presence of warm temperatures and rain overnight throws some uncertainty into the snowfall totals expected to fall on Southeast Michigan this week, with estimates ranging from 4-8 inches. 

So when will the snow start? 

The latest forecast for snowfall shows flakes will begin falling around 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, depending on where residents live. It's expected to fall throughout the day and end around midnight.

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The snow that drops earlier will be wetter and heavier as it transitions through the day. 

While up to 8 inches of snow is expected, drivers commuting home Thursday evening should only have to manage between 2-4 inches on the ground. Temperatures will plummet when night arrives, which means the potential for ice Friday morning. It could create troublesome driving conditions for Friday travel.

Strong winds and warm temperatures will be around for much of Wednesday afternoon and evening. The rain will start falling around that time. 

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The National Weather Service has announced a Flood Watch for much of Southeast Michigan due to the potential for heavy rain falling on frozen ground. "Flows in rivers may increase quickly and reach critical levels," an alert from NWS said.

The advisory will remain in effect until Thursday afternoon. It includes St. Clair, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Wayne, Lenawee, and Monroe Counties. Most major cities in those counties are included in the advisory.

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The runoff could lead to flooding in rivers, creeks, streams, and low-lying and flood-prone areas.