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Winter Storm Update

Sun, Jan  1, 2012 - By Mike Muha

The latest Winter Storm Update from the National Weather Service still calls for lake effect snow and strong winds to combine and create deteriorating driving conditions especially near and west of U.S. 131 tonight and Monday.  Inland locations begin to dry out later Monday morning and overall conditions will begin improving.  Lakeshore communities, however, will continue to deal with the lake effect snow through Monday.  Difficult driving conditions will persist in these areas.

  • Lake effect snow bands could produce 6-10" or more from Sunday afternoon through Monday night primarily near/west of U.S. 131
  • Less snow will fall in eastern portions of certain counties; refer to the latest information here:
  • Strong wind gusts today in the 45-55 mph range inland and near 60 mph at the coast could bring down some branches and lead to scattered power outages
  • Blowing and drifting snow will pose a significant challenge to motorists Sunday night and Monday
  • Brief periods of blizzard-like conditions possible Sunday night and early Monday mainly near the lakeshore
  • Snow and ice covered roads are anticipated for the Monday morning commute
  • Wind chill readings in the single digits to near zero are expected Monday

Forecasted snow depths by Tuesday:

Forecasted snowfall