A Winter Storm will bring heavy snow and strong winds to Southwest Lower Michigan tonight and Sunday
All of Southwest Lower Michigan is under a winter storm warning for Sunday into mid morning Monday. The northern sections of the area are under the winter storm warning from tonight through mid morning Monday. A storm system (see map below) is expected to track from Iowa this afternoon to just south of Lake Michigan early Sunday morning, then it will continue east northeast into the Detriot area of southeast Michigan Sunday afternoon. That will bring a large area of rain north into most of Southwest Michigan early this evening, but north of Route 10 this should mostly be snow. The rain will change to snow overnight over the remainder of the area as colder air to our north gets pulled into the system. Once the storm's center is east of South Bend, strong north winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to near 40 mph will move into the area as modeate to heavy snow contiues to fall. This will result in near white out conditions at time from late Sunday morning into early Monday morning.
For the first part of the storm, rain will be developing later this afternoon. The rain is forecasted to change to snow overnight as the temperatures fall. The snow may become heavy at times...especially after midnight. The snow will continue on Sunday. Inland areas will see the snow taper off Sunday afternoon.
The forecasted snow amounts for Saturday night through Sunday afternoon are shown below.
Finally there will be the pure lake effect part of the system, that is from Sunday night into mid afternoon Monday. During this phase of the storm just about all the significant snowfall will be west or Route 131. As seen in the map below snowfall totals during this part of the storm could exceed 8 inches. Gusty north winds would continue and near white out condtions should be expected if you plan on any travel close to Lake Michigan Sunday night or Monday. The storm total from the entire event could approch two feet in areas west of Route 131 and north of Route 10 (see bottom map).
Storm total snowfall for the entire event from Saturday evening through Monday afternoon is shown below.