If travelling during the winter storm, drivers are reminded to slow down for winter conditions.
"Snow will make weather headlines from the greater Chicago metro area to Detroit on Friday, with winter storm warnings in effect", the National Weather Service said. Snow is predicted to continue into Friday morning before tapering off late Friday afternoon.
For further coverage of this weekend's stormy weather, scroll on below - courtesy of Praedictix. A less severe winter weather advisory was issued for northwestern Aroostook County, where half a foot is expected, and for coastal Hancock and Washington counties, where forecasters predict around 3 inches of snowfall.
The heaviest snow in Mid-Michigan appears to be will be roughly from southern Gratiot to Shiawassee, Genesee, and Lapeer counties.
Two more rounds of snow on Saturday and Sunday could add up to 3 more inches, for a total around 8 to 11 inches by Sunday afternoon.
The storm system is coming down from Montana and is expected to arrive around the dinner hour this evening.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, high near 21.
As colder air moves in aloft, this wintry mix will transition over to all snow throughout the region by late Thursday.
A commuter train pulls into the LaSalle Street station under a heavy snow fall early Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Chicago.
A significant storm is expected to descend on Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee Thursday evening and Friday, with heavy snow and freezing temperatures expected to slow travel for millions of commuters.
Numerous law enforcement agencies have warned those traveling on the roadways this week to use extra caution, especially during Friday morning's commute.
Airlines were already canceling flights for Friday.
The expectation of up to 12 inches around Chicago prompted officials to close the city's public schools to about 390,000 students on Friday.