The National Weather Service has extended the WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in effect beginning at 7 PM Friday through 7 AM Sunday. The earlier advisory was to have ended Saturday at 7 PM. The Weather Service extended the time frame due to dropping temperatures and strong winds increasing the chance for lake effect snow into Sunday morning.
Snow will overspread the area this evening and continue through the night. As of 5 PM Friday, snow had begin to fall in southwestern lower Michigan. The snow will be heavy at times. The snow may mix with a bit of sleet late tonight. Lulls in the precipitation are expected on Saturday with some rain and drizzle occurring at times. Total snowfall by Saturday evening will be in the 4 to 7 inch range.
Lake effect snow will develop Saturday evening and this will be combined with windy conditions. Blowing and drifting snow along with slippery roads are expected Saturday night. Additional snow of an inch or two is possible Saturday night.
Plan on slippery road conditions. Some power outages will be possible due to the winds combining with the weight of the wet snow on tree limbs and power lines. Blowing and drifting snow is expected Saturday night which will limit visibility.
Area roads will quickly ice up Saturday evening.
Snowfall rates could approach an inch per hour at times. This snow will cause roads to become snow covered and slick. In addition, the wet and heavy nature of the snow will add extra weight to tree limbs and power lines. These conditions combined with increasing winds will bring a potential of some scattered power outages.