Parts of central and northern Michigan will be impacted by a major winter storm this week, beginning Thursday morning.
According to the National Weather Service, some areas could see over 10 inches of snow by Friday evening. Strong winds and blizzard conditions are also possible.
Forecasters say driving conditions will worsen during the day tomorrow. Slick and snow-covered roads are expected, as well as periods of poor visibility due to falling, blowing and drifting snow.
Power outages will also be possible.
Here’s what is expected as of this morning in your location:
Central Lower Peninsula
A winter storm watch is in effect for Clare, Isabella, Lake, Mecosta, Newaygo and Osceola counties from Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon..
Snow and blowing snow will develop Thursday afternoon into Friday. North winds of 20 to 30 mph are expected, with gusts up to 50 mph.
Travel will become difficult with wet roads becoming snow covered and icy Thursday night. Near whiteout conditions will be possible at times.
Northern Lower Peninsula
A winter storm warning is in effect from 7am Thursday until 7pm Friday for Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Missaukee, Montmorecny, Otsego, Presque Isle and Wexford counties.
A winter storm watch is in effect for Alcona, Alpena, Gladwin, Ogemaw, Oscoda and Roscommon counties from Thursday morning through Friday evening.
Heavy snow will develop through the day Thursday, and continue into much of Thursday night. Snowfall totals will be in excess of 10 inches in the warning area, and between 6 and 12 inches in the watch area, according to the National Weather Service.
Across the warning area, blowing and drifting snow will accompany this system, and periods of blizzard conditions are possible.
In the watch area, the snowfall will mix with rain at times, resulting in some uncertainty regarding snowfall total expectations. Blowing and drifting snow is possible.
The snow is expected to be heavy and wet, making driving conditions difficult. Power outages will be possible.
A winter storm warning is in effect from 7am Thursday until 7pm Friday for Chippewa and Mackinac counties, and from 7am Thursday until 1pm Friday for Luce County.
Heavy snow will develop through the day Thursday, and continue into much of Thursday night. Snowfall totals will be in excess of 10 inches for Chippewa and Mackinac counties, and 6 to 11 inches for Luce County.
Across the warning area, blowing and drifting snow will accompany this system, and periods of blizzard conditions are possible. Heavy, wet snow could also result in power outages.