The strong low pressure system that's causing all of this winter weather is finally starting to leave the area, heading east into Canada.
The highest snowfall areas are the Eastern U.P. and throughout inland Northern Lower. Some notable amounts are near Gaylord-19.6", Kinross-18", Dafter-18", Vanderbilt-16", Sault Ste. Marie-16", Pickford-13.5", Lake Ann-13", Lovells-13", Elmira-13", Grawn-12", Atlanta-12", Maple City-11", Lewiston-11", Traverse City-10".
The wet, heavy snow has already caused many roads to become impassable and thousands to lose power. It has also knocked down trees and power lines, and caused multiple accidents.
As the low exits it will take with it the bulk of the snow, but some lighter snow showers will stick around for the morning before we see lake effect snows develop. Only about 1-3 inches more of accumulation is expected for today. Temperatures will drop today, and lows tonight will be in the teens to mid 20s. The main issue is the wind - creating blowing, drifting snow and visibilities reduced to a couple miles or so. Winds will be out of the NW at 20-40mph with gusts up around 50mph possible, especially near the lakeshores. For this reason, a winter storm warning is in effect until 7pm. Wind gusts will begin to lessen during the later afternoon, and we'll start to lose them all together into Saturday morning.
Saturday will bring partly to mostly cloudy skies and continually calming winds. Winds will mainly be about 10-15mph out of the NW during the day, turning calm at night.
Crews are working to keep roads clear and get power back on. In the meantime, it is asked that if you don't have to be on the roads, to stay off of them in order for crews to get their work done. Red Cross shelters are set up across N. MI if need be.