As Temperatures Drop, Over 30,000 People Are Without Power in Detroit

4798About 30,000 DTE Energy customers remain without power as arctic air cools temperatures from the low 20s into the teens today.  

DTE crews make repair on line after damaging winds hit the metro Detroit area. (Credit: DTE)
The number includes about 5,900 Wayne County residents and 4,300 residents in Oakland County, according to a news release from DTE. 

More than 120,000 DTE customers lost power Sunday, after winds of up to 60 m.p.h. battered the region, according to the release. 

The region could see snow accumulations of up to an inch today as squalls move across the state from the west, National Weather Service meteorologist Sara Schultz said today from the agency's White Lake Township office. The agency issued a "Special Weather Statement" warning that the snow could drop visibility to under a mile and make driving hazardous.

"We have some lake effect snow coming off Lake Michigan," Schultz said. "Some of those bands we could see over an inch...through today and tonight. Then the cold moves in."

Today's high is expected to hit 20 degrees by 10 a.m., then drop through the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 80%. The wind is expected to pick up later today, with gusts around 20 m.p.h., bringing the wind chill down to zero degrees, Schultz said.

"Nothing like what we saw Sunday morning," she added. A 61 m.p.h. gust was measured in Caro, in the Thumb, at 12:14 a.m. Sunday, and 60-m.p.h. winds were clocked in Pontiac at 3:01 a.m. Sunday and Ypsilanti at 1:40 a.m. Sunday, Schultz said.


Source: Detroit Free Press 
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