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Local 4Casters are predicting up to ten inches of snow across metro Detroit. What is the one item you would make sure you had? Would you stock the refrigerator? We want to know.

Santiago Esparza and Tom Greenwood / The Detroit News A snowstorm expected to drop 5 to 10 inches in Metro Detroit has begun hitting the region and is likely to make the evening commute a mess.

A storm that gets stronger as the day progress will make keeping roads clear a chore, said Bob Myktiak, spokesman for the Road Commission of Macomb County.

“It is going to be hard to keep up with it,” he said. “We will have to go around the clock.”

At Detroit Metropolitan Airport, it’s a case of “so far, so good,” according to airport spokesman Scott Wintner.

“There are a few delays and some inbound cancellations, but not many,” Wintner said.

“Our ground crews are out there clearing the runways, so all of them are open. It’s a steady snowfall, but pretty moderate so far. Our advice is to go online and check the status of your airline.

The storm is part of a system moving in from the west. The snow began falling in earnest about 9 a.m. and is not expected to stop until sometime Wednesday morning. A winter storm warning is in effect through 10 a.m. Wednesday, said meteorologist Mike Richter with the National Weather Service reporting station in White Lake Township.

The region is about 10 inches under the 29-inch average for winter snow, according to the weather service. Metro Detroit has dodged several other storms that either petered out or veered around the region this winter, Richter said.

“I don’t think we are going to dodge this one,” he said. “The snow is at our doorstep.”

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