Cold, snow, and wind for the mid-week
An Alberta Clipper, a fast-moving low pressure system, will pass through the Great Lakes region Tuesday bringing many areas accumulating snowfall.
Light snow showers early on Tuesday become more widespread throughout the morning and afternoon hours. Snowfall totals during the day will be from about 1/2" to 4". The smallest amounts will be on the Lake Huron side and in the E. U.P., while areas closer to Lake Michigan and inland and near the straits will get more.
Keep in mind, westerly winds will be on the higher side Tuesday and Wednesday. Expect steady winds Tuesday at 10-20mph with gusts to 40mph (gale force winds), and gusts into the 30s Wednesday. This will take our temperatures in the teens to low 20s and create a windchill - bundle up because it will feel much closer to zero to about 15 below throughout the day. A reminder - wind chills from 15 to 25 below zero can cause frostbite on unprotected skin in less than 30 minutes. If you'll be outdoors, make sure to have the hat, scarf, and gloves.
Winds will also create drifting and blowing snow, causing roads to become snow-covered and creating low visibilities. Visibility may be reduced to a few car lengths at times.
As of Tuesday morning, here's a breakdown of the local advisories and warnings:
*Mackinac, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Manistee, Wexford, Mason, Lake, Oceana, Newaygo co - Winter Weather Advisory until 7pm Tuesday. The heaviest snow will fall during the daytime hours and most will pick up another 3-5" in new snow. For Mackinac County the highest amounts look to be on the east side of I-75.
*Emmet, Cheboygan, Charlevoix co - Winter Weather Advisory until 6am Wednesday. Although accumulations Tuesday morning will be on the lighter side of around 2", throughout the day and overnight 3-7+" of new snow is possible.
*Antrim and Otsego co - Winter Weather Advisory from 1pm Tuesday until 7pm Wednesday. Throughout this time period 5-9+" of new snowfall accumulation is possible.
*Chippewa and Luce co - Lake Effect Snow Warning from 7pm Tuesday until 7am Thursday. Areas further inland, say towards Newberry in Luce County, will be on the lighter side of accumulation, seeing about 3-7". Areas closer to Lake Superior are looking at 10-16" possible, with two feet in accumulation not out of the question.
As is the norm with lake effect, totals are highly localized and there may be different amounts on different sides of town. Use caution while driving, and do not leave pets outdoors.
With multiple systems marching across the Great Lakes snow stays in the forecast into the weekend, especially for lake effect areas.