Lake effect snow on Tuesday, along with bitter cold temperatures
Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories are in effect for several counties across Northern Michigan through early Wednesday for a combination of lake effect snow and wind/blowing snow leading to treacherous travel for some parts of Northern Michigan, but not the entire area.
The worst of the weather the next day or two will be from the Leelanau Peninsula southward including the Traverse City area southward along the Lake Michigan shoreline south through Leelanau/Benzie/Manistee/Mason/Oceana/Lake/Newaygo counties where Winter Storm Warnings are in effect. Surrounding the warned counties are Winter Weather Advisories for the counties along/east of the warned areas. Luce County is also under a Winter Weather Advisory.
Lake effect snow will take some time to organize on a north/northwest wind but will be in full force Tuesday morning. Compounding matters with this particular lake effect snow event is a marked increase in wind by Tuesday morning leading to blowing snow in spots for the morning commute Tuesday right into the afternoon. Winds out of the N-NW this morning will be at 15-25 mph, and gusts over 30 mph. Winds begin to decrease towards the evening.
With regard to accumulation the heaviest snow through Tuesday will fall in the aforementioned warned counties. Parts of Benzie into Manistee/Mason counties may end up with 4-8" by the end of the day Tuesday. Those highest amounts will be isolated though setting up under where the most persistent bands of snow develop. Further inland, snowfall amounts will decrease, however, blowing snow will still cause travel delays.
The coldest temperatures so far this season are going to be swept in Tuesday morning with high temperatures ranging from 4-18F across the region. The wind chill however will sit near if not below zero for most of Northern Michigan into early Wednesday.
Another clipper sweeps into the Lower Peninsula Wednesday afternoon/evening with what should end up being light accumulation.
-Meteorologist Blake Hansen