Winter Storm Watch for parts of W MI

Winter Storm Watch

Winter Storm Watch

The weather service included areas likely to see 2 inches or more of snow in the winter storm watch.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Isabella, Mason, Lake, Osceola and Clare Counties from late Friday night through at least Sunday AM.

TIMING: Rain is expected to change to sleet and some wet snow after dark Friday, and may already be a wintry mix north of Eau Claire. The southern edge that dips down our way and into Iowa is for the potential of wind gusts reaching 45 to 50 miles per hour and creating blizzard conditions / white outs in this region on Saturday.

Watch for significant MLive updates on this storm, from now through the storm.

With the cooler air moving in, it opens the door for rain to change over to sleet, or freezing rain.

There will be a chance of rain developing northward into central Wisconsin overnight, with a slight chance of some light snow and sleet occurring to the north toward morning. This will be nasty weather to travel in and through so be very careful if traveling north this weekend. Ice accumulations are also possible.

The storm also includes strong northeasterly winds which could produce blowing snow and low visibilities. Just south of Eau Claire the amounts will gradually drop off as the transition to snow should be a little later, while further north accumulations will start earlier.

The ice could make for treacherous driving conditions, as well as break tree branches and power lines.

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