While Michigan's northern counties may see blizzard conditions as Winter Storm Draco sweeps through the Midwest, Macomb County is expected to get less than an inch between Thursday and Friday.
The National Weather Service is predicting rain Thursday, possibly turning to snow in the late evening hours. Come Friday, there is a 80 percent chance of snow for Chesterfield Township, but less than an inch is expected to accumulate.
Wind gusts could reach up to 37 mph Friday and if Thursday's late-night precipitation doesn't turn into snow, as NWS predicts, drivers could face icy streets during their morning commute.
With the return of snow, ice and and blowing snow, the Michigan Department of Transportation offers the following winter driving tips:
- Buckle up.
- Slow down when visibility is low and road conditions are snowy or icy.
- Share the road with snowplow drivers and give them room to plow and salt roads.
- Be careful on bridges, they can be icy when roadways are dry.
- Accelerate and brake slowly and avoid abrupt steering maneuvers, especially when merging or changing lanes.
- Don't pump anti-lock brakes.
- Don't text and talk while driving.
If you're headed Up North for the holidays, be prepared for hazardous conditions.
For example, in Traverse City, a winter storm warning and hazardous weather outlook are in effect with a 100 percent chance of snow Thursday and a 90 percent chance of snow Friday, according to the NWS.
"Snowfall totals will range from 8 to 12 inches with locally higher amounts possible. Blowing and drifting snow will accompany this snow, especially late Thursday night and Friday, with possible periods of blizzard conditions for portions of northwest lower Michigan," says the winter storm warning, which also warns of slick roads and low visibility for drivers.
The hazardous weather outlook also warns of possible power outages and gale-force winds in northern Michigan.