Monday, December 28, 2015 article on Winter Storm Goliath

The National Weather Service predicted that up to an inch of sleet followed by freezing rain would fall on Detroit Monday.
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Detroit under winter weather advisory as Goliath brings sleet and freezing rain
At 10:37 A.M. Monday, the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the entire Detroit metropolitan area.  The advisory, which will last until 1 A.M. Tuesday, replaced an earlier winter storm watch issued on Monday.

The storm, which the Weather Channel has dubbed Winter Storm Goliath, is moving from south to north across the region.  It is bringing light snow at first, followed by up to an inch of sleet and then between one-tenth and one-quarter of an inch of freezing rain.  The sleet and ice are predicted to arrive by 2 P.M and peak between 4 P.M and 10 P.M., just in time for the afternoon commute.

"We're going to be dealing with frozen precipitation during rush hour commute," National Weather Service Meteorologist Dave Kook told the Detroit Free Press. "Any untreated roads are going to be slick and we have to advise travelers to be cautious when out on roads."
More at the link in the headline, including a Weather Channel video of the area affected by the storm, which is indeed huge as befits the name Goliath.

It could be worse.  Detroit could be having a full-blown winter ice storm like Grand Rapids, as WOOD-TV reports.

Winter Storm Warning in effect until 6 am Tuesday for freezing rain and strong winds.
Stay tuned for more blog entries about year-end stories this week.

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