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Winter Weather Advisory Issued for Rochester Area

Expect snow showers and high wind throughout the day Friday.

Winter weather has arrived to Michigan right on time.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for much of southeastern, western and mid Michigan Friday. The advisory is in effect from 9 a.m.-midnight on Dec. 21—which also happens to be the official winter solstice.

According to the NWS, Michigan can expect to see strong winds coming in from the northwest throughout the afternoon and evening. Gusts could be as high as 45 miles per hour.

Snow showers will continue through the morning, but should stop by early evening. So far, we have see snow accumulation of around an inch in Rochester. Some areas of Michigan, however, could see as much as 3 inches of snow.

There were some reports of power outages in Rochester Hills on Friday morning; power was expected to be restored to all areas by 5 p.m., according to information from DTE Energy.

According to the NWS, here's what to watch out for:

  • Small tree branches could be blown down, leading to possible power outages. Keep all small outdoor objects secure, as well as holiday decorations.
  • Snow will cause slippery roads and reduced visibility. Use caution while driving.

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