The National Weather Service has issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning for Luce and Chippewa Counties effective from 7 p.m. Tuesday evening through early Thursday. West-northwest winds gusting to 30 MPH and periods of heavy snow will create blowing/drifting snow and reduced visibility for the far northeastern Upper Peninsula tonight into Thursday morning. Heaviest snowfall is expected from Muskallonge State Park to Tahquamenon Falls State Park, where accumulations of a foot or more are expected through Thursday morning. Motorists within the warning area should be advised that driving conditions could be come hazardous during this time.
Further south, snowfall rates/totals will taper off considerably. Still, 2-4?? of new snow are possible south of M-28 into Wednesday night. A Lake Effect Snow Advisory has also been issued for Alger County effective from Tuesday evening until midnight Wednesday night. The heaviest snowfall, 6-10?? of new snow is expected to affect far eastern Alger County. Elsewhere, 1-4?? of new snow are possible through Alger County with little no accumulation for the southwestern portions of the county.
Meanwhile on the other side of the Upper Peninsula, Lake Effect Snow Advisories become effective late Tuesday morning and continue until midnight Wednesday night. The heaviest snowfall is expected across a large portion of the Keweenaw Peninsula, including northern Houghton and Keweenaw Counties Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday evening. New snow accumulations of 8-14?? are possible from Houghton, south to Twin Lakes during this time. Snowfall rates of one to two inches per hour are possible. In addition, west winds gusting to 20-30 MPH will also create near white out conditions which will make for hazardous driving conditions for this area.
Gusty winds and moderate to heavy snowfall are forecast across Ontonagon, Gogebic, southern Houghton and Baraga Counties Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday evening. New snowfall during this time is expected to range from 4?? near Lake Gogebic to nearly a foot across portions of Ontonagon and southern Houghton Counties. Lake Effect Snow Advisories have been posted for those areas.
Finally, another dose of arctic air is expected across west/central Upper Michigan tonight. Overnight lows are once again expected to fall to near -10 in the coldest portions of the interior west. Westerly winds sustained to 15-20 MPH means that wind chill readings could fall into the 20-30 below zero range. Further east, conditions will remain slightly warmer as the arctic front weakens slightly crossing our forecast area. However, lows will still fall into the single digits and below zero wind chill readings are expected tonight. As of Tuesday morning no wind chill advisories have been issued for our forecast area. However, that may change as the forecast evolves this afternoon and evening. Find a link to the wind chill chart below!