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Tracking cold and snow this weekend in metro Detroit

Another snow storm is brewing for the Midwest
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Posted at 7:26 PM, Jan 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-14 22:35:21-05

(WXYZ) — The pattern is stuck on repeat and this time the Detroit area could get hit with some snow and bitter cold.

Over the weekend, we were addressing the potential of another winter storm hitting the Midwest this week and confidence is growing for this scenario. A strong area of low pressure is expected to come ashore later this week and move through the Pacific northwest.

Eventually, this system will dig and intensify as it moves through the Central Plains, pulling cold arctic air south into the Great Lakes region while bringing in a hefty dose of moisture from the Gulf. The result is another powerful storm, which will make headlines this week.

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What does this mean for the metro Detroit area?

This set up means that the biggest snow of the season is within reach for the metro Detroit area. Even though this statement sounds impressive at first, it won't take much snow to be the biggest of the season so far. In fact, the highest snow amounts we've seen in one day was 1.5 inches on Nov. 15, 2018. This system appears to have the dynamics to top that, so you can expect to get your shovels ready. Here's an early call based on the latest data for this weekend, but the details will be ironed out as we get closer.

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Snow is not the only part of the forecast that will get your attention. We're also expecting some pretty cold air to wrap up the weekend. Check out the latest 7 Day forecast and be sure to stay up to date with the 7 First Alert weather team.

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