Winter storm watch for Saturday and Sunday

Winter storm watch for Saturday and Sunday

A winter storm watch has been issued for about the northern half of Lower Michigan.

We can't rule out a mix of precipitation moving through the area Tuesday night before Wednesday becomes partly cloudy and windy with highs near 50.

This biggest concern with this four-day storm will be the potential for ice accumulation within the Winter Storm Watch zone.

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for much of the state, with a blizzard warning in southwestern Minnesota. 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. Eventually it will turn cold enough late Sunday for rain showers to change to snow showers in southern MI.

IMPACTS: "After anywhere between.25-1.00" of rainfall, the transition to sleet and snow Friday night will begin leading to accumulations.

She expects the snow to taper off by Sunday morning. This will be nasty weather to travel in and through so be very careful if traveling north this weekend.

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.

"A well-in-advance forecast of ice accumulations looks for 0.25" to 0.75" of ice accumulation.

Total 4 to 8 inches of snow, with localized amounts up to 12 to 14 inches possible are possible in the St. Cloud area. Any ice on trees or power lines could lead to tree damage or power outages this weekend.

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