MANDI WRIGHT/Detroit Free Press
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) -- Rock salt and scrapers are flying off store shelves as southeastern Michigan residents prepare for the first major snowstorm of the season.
A winter storm is expected to dump four to seven inches of snow on the region by 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 a hardware store in Southfield, assistant manager Chris Mokrzycki says the usual day-after-Christmas gift-exchange rush has been replaced by people stocking up for the storm.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 last Thursday.