The National Weather Service has issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning for Houghton County effective until 10 p.m. EST tonight. A very heavy band of lake effect snow will continue in the Houghton and Hancock areas this afternoon. Expect snow showers to become more widespread this evening as winds shift towards the northwest.
Strong winds reaching 45 MPH will create blowing and drifting snow which will create significant visibility and travel restrictions. Travel conditions within the warning area are expected to become very difficult, if not impossible, as snow rapidly accumulates over previously plowed roadways. Snowfall rates will exceed on inch per hour within the heavier snow bands. Total snow accumulations in near the Portage Canal area through Thursday could exceed 8â??.
Elsewhere in the Keweenaw Peninsula, an additional 2-5â?? of new snow is possible. Travel will become difficult as a result of patchy blowing snow. However, road conditions will still be drivable. Moderate lake effect snow will continue in the Keweenaw Peninsula through early Sunday. Total snowfall amounts could exceed two feet through the weekend.
Lows falling into the low teens along with winds to 35-45 MPH means wind chill readings will fall to near -15 through the overnight hours.
*A Lake Effect Snow Advisory remains in effect for Keweenaw County until 7 a.m. EST Sunday.
*A Lake Effect Snow Advisory will become effective for Houghton County from 10 p.m. until 7 a.m. Sunday.Weather spotter network wind reports for December 5, 2013:Keweenaw Point, 59 MPHEagle Harbor, 49 MPHTrowbridge Park 49 MPHLaurium, 47 MPH