UPDATED: How Much Snow Will Bloomfield And Bloomfield Hills Get?
Ready for more snow? There's a good likelihood of several inches falling overnight.
Editor's note: This story will be updated throughout the day as the forecast changes or the storm develops. See the latest information at the top of this article.
Updated 9:40 p.m.: Officials with the Bloomfield Hills Schools will continue to watch weather conditions tonight and will announce any school closures as early as possible tomorrow, mainly via its website, spokeswoman Shira Good said. The revamped site allows for a special alert message to appear over the main photo as the homepage loads, and it worked well during last week's first official 'snow day' of 2013, and when Lone Pine Elementary was forced to close earlier this week for two days due to a building problem.
Students and their parents can also check the district's Facebook and Twitter feeds, and can expect a call through the emergency broadcast system if classes are indeed canceled. Bloomfield-Bloomfield Hills Patch will pass along any updates as they come in.
Meanwhile, students took to social media Thursday night to express hopes for an extended weekend.
"If we end up having school tomorrow I say all of Lahser should just boycott and sleep in." @reginadimaggio Tweeted.
Others got active.
Updated 5:15 p.m.: Tom Trice, Bloomfield Township's director of public works, said he's watched radar and weather reports all day and said it's still hard to predict what will hit Bloomfield and when.
"We could get five inches, we could get some rain, we really don't know at this point," he said late Thursday afternoon. "One thing we do know, is that we will get snow, and it will get very icy between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., so that's when we'll be out there."
Trice added that all crews will be available Friday morning, and that a crew is on standby should conditions worsen earlier then expected. He said it typically takes trucks between 8-10 hours to clear all the local roads in the township.
The stretch of wild winter weather impacting the Bloomfield area continues tonight, with a forecast that calls for another night of significant snowfall and dipping temperatures.
The latest forecast from the National Weather Service calls for a 100 percent chance of snow in Bloomfield and Bloomfield Hills, starting mainly after 11 p.m. An accumulation of 2 to 4 inches is possible. The snow is now expected to continue until Friday afternoon; bringing an additional 1 to 3 inches of snow.
and blustery conditions Friday morning.
The culprit is a strengthening low pressure system that will move into the southern Great Lakes region later today Thursday. The highest snow accumulations — four to eight inches — are predicted along and north of the M-59 corridor. As a result, Southeast Michigan, including Oakland County, is now under a Winter Storm Watch until Friday morning.
Roads may become covered by Thursday night, making driving difficult on Friday morning. Meanwhile, visibilities of only a quarter mile may be possible during the worst of the snowfall, according to www.weather.gov.