A Winter Weather Advisory continues for the lakeshore counties. The Advisory will be in effect until 4 pm Thursday.

These Advisories are issued by county. The significant snow will likely be mostly in Western Mason and Western Oceana Counties (Big and Little Sable Points) and also from South Haven south into Berrien Co. Porter and La Porte Counties in Indiana are in the Advisory will likely also see some significant snow.

Winter Weather Advisories

Winter Weather Advisories are also out for NW Lower Michigan (Wexford, Grand Traverse, Missaukee, Kalkaska, Presque Isle, N. Schoolcraft, Luce and Alger Counties. Northern Counties should see 2-4″ of new snow.

The band of snow over E. Lake Michigan should come east enough to produce slippery conditions at least as far east as US 31 – but don’t look for a lot of snow in the eastern part of the lakeshore counties (Marne, Dorr, etc.)

Those areas that get the significant snow could see 3-6″ along with some drifting. East toward US 131, it’ll be more like a trace to 1″ – but enough that there may be some isolated slick spots developing. The most snow may be in Berrien Co.

Expected snowfall amounts for SW Michigan and NW Indiana.

Temperatures fell through the day Wednesday. We reached 42° around 2 am in G.R. – the first time we’ve hit 40° since Christmas Day. It’ll be down to 20° by evening.

The relatively warmer air overnight is just a speed bump in what is and will continue to be a relatively cold month. Long-range models continue to give the Great Lakes below average temperatures for the next 10-14 days. We remain pretty much out of the major storm track, but should continue to get occasional lake-effect snow the rest of the month.

This is the latest 8-14 day temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center. It continues to give cooler than average weather to the Great Lakes through Feb. 2.

Severe Weather Outlook Map for Wed. Jan. 19

There is a Slight Risk of severe thunderstorms tonight (Wed. night) from E. Texas into Louisiana. The Marginal Risk extends through much of Mississippi. Large hail up to 2″ in diameter fell in E. Texas this PM. Another ice storms is likely from Georgia up into the Carolinas.

Also: Beautiful sunrise this AM in Kent, England. NASA estimated the explosive eruption of the Tonga volcano, at 10 megatons of TNT, or 500 times more powerful than the Hiroshima nuclear bomb. Sunset in Sunnyside FL. Moon dogs. More communication satellites launched into space. The lowest wind chill factor ever in Chicago was -82 on Christmas Eve in 1983. That year, Santa started his busy night with a stop in Cedar Springs, where he bought two pair of red flannels. Interesting map showing the pressure wave crossing the U.S. from the Tonga Volcano. Dramatic flooding in Uruguay.

Happy Wednesday!