Metro Detroit sees up to 9 inches of snow, several school districts closed Thursday

It’s not even deep winter yet and metro Detroit is already seeing vast amounts of snowfall, causing several school districts to close on Thursday.

The first major snowstorm of the year dumped up to 9 inches of snow in places just north of Utica. Near Rochester there was nearly 8 inches of snow, and Livonia saw just shy of 6 inches – all before 7:30 pm on Wednesday.

Tapering off around midnight, the heaviest snowfall was seen in central Oakland County. Weather service experts say an average of 6 to 9 inches is expected in a single day.

Detroit Public Schools Community District schools and businesses will close for Thursday, while dozens of others like Troy School District, Dearborn Public Schools, Warren Consolidated Schools, the West Bloomfield School District and Plymouth-Canton Community Schools will also remain closed due to snow.

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