The majority of southeast Michigan is covered in snow but the storm should be winding down over the next couple of hours, according to the National Weather Service.
Parts of metro Detroit are still under a winter storm warning until 10 p.m. Wednesday — with the potential for snow to continue to accumulate up to 8 inches in certain areas.
National Weather Service employees, trained spotters and the public assist in measuring and reporting snowfall accumulation. When different totals are reported in the same area, the highest total is listed.
As of 7 p.m. on Wednesday, NWS White Lake office meteorologist Alex Manion said official snowfall observations are:
Wayne County: 6.5 inches
Oakland County: 6 inches
Macomb County: 7.1 inches
Washtenaw County: 7.8 inches
Genesee County: 3.6 inches
Lapeer County: 3.5 inches as of 4:30 p.m.
Livingston County: 5.1 inches as of 5 p.m.
Additional official snowfall information will be reported by spotters between 6-9 a.m. Thursday, Manion said.
"Light to moderate snow will continue to shift northeast through the area this evening with the coverage and intensity steadily winding down with time," tweeted NWS Detroit. "An additional inch or so of snow will fall over the Thumb with lesser amounts elsewhere."
Light to moderate snow will continue to shift northeast through the area this evening with the coverage and intensity steadily winding down with time. An additional inch or so of snow will fall over the Thumb with lesser amounts elsewhere. pic.twitter.com/kEmkmvoUw0
— NWS Detroit (@NWSDetroit) January 25, 2023
As of Wednesday night, DTE's outage map shows more than 7,000 customers are without power. Around 300 workers are helping customers restore power.
Report power outages, downed power lines and check your outage status on DTE's website.
Consumers Energy's outage map shows that more than 1,400 customers have been affected by the storm.
"The damaged areas are prioritized and field crews are assigned to the specific areas to restore power," according to Consumers Energy. There are currently 28 crews in the field assisting in the restoration process.
If your provider is Consumers Energy, report power outages, downed wires, learn more about restoration times and check your outage status here.
Will schools close Thursday too?
According to WXYZ's tracker, the following institutions will be closed Thursday:
Addison Community Schools
Carsonville-Port Sanilac Schools
Croswell-Lexington Community Schools
Deckerville School District
Dryden Community Schools
Lapeer Community Schools
Marlette School District
Sanilac Career Center
More schools may post announcements later tonight or early Thursday morning. Stay updated with WXYZ's tracker.
More snow to come
Expect more light snow Friday night into early Saturday morning, and then again late Saturday into Sunday.
An inch or more may accumulate Friday night, Manion said. But the Saturday night forecast "is too far out to say for certain what accumulation totals would be like."
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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Snow accumulation, power outages and school closures: What we know