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      Arctic blast to impact weekend travel plans

      The National Weather Service has issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning for Alger, northern Schoolcraft, Luce, Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties effective from Friday night through early Sunday. A Lake Effect Snow Advisory will also be effective for Keweenaw, Houghton, Baraga, Marquette, Delta and southern Schoolcraft Counties from Friday night until early Sunday.

      A strong cold front will bring the coldest air of the season to the Upper Peninsula Friday night through the weekend. Lake effect snow showers behind the front are expected to continue into Sunday morning. New snow across roughly the northern half of Upper Michigan will amount to 6-8 inches. However, higher snow totals of 10-12 inches or more can are possible for the northwest wind-snow belts of the western Upper Peninsula and east of Marquette.Northwest winds gusting to 35-40 MPH, blowing and drifting snow will significantly reduce visibility Friday night through early Saturday. Low temperatures falling into the single digits and teens, combined with gusty northwest winds, will bring the wind chill several degrees below zero.

      Please use caution when traveling area roadways this weekend. Be aware of the symptoms and effects of hypothermia. Also be aware of your physical abilities in extreme weather conditions. Please also be prepared for the unexpected and have an emergency roadside kit with you when traveling. Refer to the links below for more information on winter weather prepardness.