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Lake effect snow will target the snow belts for several days

Courtesy: Ed Sandri/Gaylord

Lake effect snow will kick up downwind of the Great Lakes through the remainder of the week.

A few schools did close Wednesday morning as lake effect snow kicks up across parts of Northern Michigan for the next couple of days.

Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for Emmet/Cheboygan/Otsego/Kalkaska/Charlevoix/Antrim counties through Thursday afternoon. Several counties surrounding this region are under Winter Weather Advisories through Thursday as well.

Periods of snow will slow traffic and create visibility problems at times. Roads could be icy anywhere, but the greater snow totals will be west of I-75. This is a lake effect snow pattern...so localized snow amounts over the next several days will vary greatly. Temperatures are falling...look for lows mostly in the teens and highs mostly in the 20s for the rest of the work week.

Wind will continue to gust up to 30 mph on Wednesday. This will create drifting...visibility issues...and low wind chills. Wind chill temperatures...especially at night...could be in the single digits at times when you combine the effects of the wind and the temperature.

Snow showers will come and go all the way into early next week. Much of the next several days will be cloudy...but at times some sun will break thru.

It looks to remain cold into next week, in fact temperatures will drop even more with highs the mid to latter part of next week falling into the teens for daytime highs.

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