Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 27, 2013

Up to 8 inches of snow expected for Michigan

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Thumb area on track to get snow

BAD AXE — Sleet and rain turned to snow late Tuesday in wide areas of southern Michigan, where up to 8 inches of snow was forecast in some places before the state’s brush with a strong winter storm ends today.

Snow was falling at 7 p.m. Tuesday in many parts of the state’s Lower Peninsula, with temperatures mainly in the lower to mid-30s.

The National Weather Service said the highest accumulations, totaling 5 to 8 inches, were forecast for Michigan’s rural Thumb region, surrounded on three sides by Lake Huron. The weather service said more than 2 inches was already on the ground at Marlette around 7:50 p.m.

Snow was falling fast in the Thumb community of Bad Axe.

“It started coming down pretty good about 45 minutes ago,” waitress Cheryl Volmering said around 8:20 p.m. “It’s just snowing and blowing really hard.”

Volmering, who works at Verona Tavern in Bad Axe and was on the closing shift Tuesday night, said she was a bit concerned about her commute home.