A steady sleet started pelting the ground in Rochester and Rochester Hills around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday as forecasters continued to call for a nonstop drizzle of snow and other forms of precipitation through Thursday.
According to the National Weather Service, 2 to 4 inches of snow, rain and sleet was predicted before Wednesday morning. Wind gusts of up to 26 mpg, as well as falling temperatures over the next 48 hours, were also in the forecast.
"A plume of deep moisture will stream across southern Michigan late this afternoon through tonight and then linger into Wednesday," the forecast stated.
Around town, everyone was talking about the impending storm. Business owners were using it to entice customers. ("Stop in early for your $6 growler fill then hunker down for the weather to pass," posted Rochester Mills Beer Co. on Twitter.)
On the Rochester Patch Facebook page, readers were sharing their worries, excitement and observations about the weather.
"Sleet from Troy to Rochester and wind is blowing," posted Francine Dale Heatley.
The sleet happening Tuesday afternoon was predicted to turn to rain by evening, then to heavy snow later tonight.
"Areas along and north of I-69 will receive mainly snow while areas further south receive a wintry mix before transitioning to all snow," the statement indicated.
A winter weather advisory is in effect from 3 p.m. until noon Wednesday.
The Road Commission for Oakland County was busy Tuesday patching potholes in preparation for the storm.
"We will be busy salting and plowing for the next couple days," the organization posted on Facebook.
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