Southeast Michigan bracing for first major winter storm

Rock salt and scrapers are flying off store shelves as southeastern Michigan residents brace for the first major snowstorm of the season.

The National Weather Service says a winter storm is expected to dump four to seven inches of snow on the region between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. The heaviest accumulations are likely along Lake St. Clair.

Snow was falling across southeastern Michigan at 1 p.m. Wednesday, with winds gusting to 30 mph and temperatures just below freezing.

At an Aco Hardware store in Southfield, assistant manager Chris Mokrzycki (moh-KRIK'-ee) says the usual day-after-Christmas gift-exchange rush has been replaced by people stocking up for the storm.

The Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula got up to 20 inches of snow in a storm that hit last Thursday.