Metro Detroit snow totals lower than forecast but flights affected

Detroit — Despite projections of a massive snowstorm, Metro Detroit saw little more than 6 inches.

In addition to about 6.2 inches of snow in the Metro area, there was nearly .75 inches of rain, according to National Weather Service data.

Tommy Moss of Ferndale brushes snow off his car along Spencer Street in Ferndale on Thursday, February 3, 2022.

The region had been told to prepare for as much as 16 inches in some areas, but those projections were downgraded, and then downgraded further late Wednesday.

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In the end, the snowfall was about 10 inches less than the top estimate. why?

“The main one is it was such a slow transition from the rain to snow,” said Sara Schultz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township. “We were expecting it to change over sooner, but it held off longer.”

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