A cold, snowy Saturday night
UPDATE : All warnings and advisories have been allowed to expire, some warnings as of 2am Sunday.
On the backside of low pressure (located over the east coast), we're getting breezy northwest winds and lake effect snow. Winds will create a wind chill tonight of around zero degrees. These conditions will continue overnight into Sunday, and some areas could be waking up to a lot of snow.
There is a:
*Lake Effect Snow Warning for the following counties until 7am Sunday - Leelanau, Antrim, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Wexford, Missaukee. Widespread lake effect snow will continue Saturday night, especially along and west of I-75. Winds will be out of the NW gusting to 20-30mph. The heavy snowfall, along with gusty winds blowing the snow, will create reduced visibilities - at times which may be near zero. Storm totals look to be from 3-8" for many (the highest amounts under the heavy snow bands) and some areas in the typical belts/higher elevations may wake up to over a foot. As of Saturday evening, Northport, Elk Rapids, Bellaire, Central Lake, Mancelona, Kalkaska, Fife Lake, Lake City, Houghton Lake areas look to receive closer to the 10-12" range, with Traverse City area about half of that. Lake effect is all about location.
*Lake Effect Snow Warning for Luce County until noon Sunday. The heaviest snow will fall overnight into Sunday morning. Areas west of Newberry should expect over a foot, whereas the Newberry area and eastern Luce looks to be closer to 5-9". NW winds gusting to 20mph will make for low visibility, especially near the lakeshore.
*Lake Effect Snow Advisory for Chippewa and Mackinac counties until 7am Sunday. Expect low visibilites and NW winds gusting to 20-30mph. Snow accumulations will range from 1-6", with the typical lake effect areas seeing the highest amounts. Over 6" in accumulation is possible.
*Lake Effect Snow Advisory for Benzie and Manistee counties until midnight Saturday. Lake effect snow bands look to shift and become more eastward, causing these counties to be in the clear of heavier snow earlier. Storm totals still look to be 1-6" and the wind will create drifts and low visibilities.
*Lake Effect Snow Advisory for Otsego, Charlevoix, and Crawford counties until 7am Sunday. Snow showers will pick up throughout the afternoon and evening, and become heavy at times Saturday night. 1-6" is possible, and expect low visibilities, drifitng snow with gusty NW winds at 20-30mph.
*Lake Effect Snow Advisory for Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Oceana, Allegan, Van Buren counties until 9am Sunday. Most should expect 1-3" of snow overnight. NW winds gusting to 30mph will cause reduced visibilities and drifting snow.
Across northern Michigan Saturday night and Sunday morning, use caution out on the roads. Even if you aren't under a specific advisory or warning - roads may get slick and winds will have it feeling close to zero. Snow falling, blowing, and drifting will create low visibilities and snow-covered roads. Bring in your pets, give yourself extra time traveling to destinations, and be cautious of plows.