Forecast: Get ready for cold and 1-3 inches of snow fall this weekend in metro Detroit

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City of Ferndale workers plow snow away from the Ferndale Fire Department driveway early Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 after it snowed in the Metro Detroit area overnight.
City of Ferndale workers plow snow away from the Ferndale Fire Department driveway early Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 after it snowed in the Metro Detroit area overnight.

If your are out holiday shopping Friday, add rock salt to your list.

The National Weather Service in White Lake is calling for 1-3 inches of snow this weekend, and this time, it's going to stick around a few days with more forecast for next week as temperatures fall into the 20s and low 30s.

"Its a good idea to have some salt on hand," said weather service meteorologist Megan Varcie. "And take it slow on the roads. It will be the first accumulated snowfall, except for that brief dusting we had."

Forecasters said to expect it to be cold Friday, in the 20s — mostly.

Saturday, it is expected to snow.

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The Ohio State game at the Big House might be dry, with some flakes at the end of the game. In East Lansing, Michigan State's battle with Penn State might see some snow, weather watchers said.

This snow will continue to fall through the evening and overnight.

It could be fun for kids.

But, for some communities, the snowfall will be a test.

Officials have said there is a shortage of snowplow drivers and salt truck drivers. It's unclear what will happen if roads go unplowed. Michigan is expected to get more precipitation and a "wetter-than-average" winter.

It's hard to predict how long the weekend snow will stay on the ground, although it seems like this is could be the start of snow season. Temperatures are expected next week to get into the 40s mid-week.

Contact Frank Witsil: 313-222-5022 or fwitsil@freepress.com.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Metro Detroit forecast calls for 1-3 inches of snow

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