The season’s first lake effect snow expected by the end of the week

(Photo supplied/ABC 57)

Lake-effect snow measuring 3″ to 6″, or even more, appears to be in line for southwestern Michigan by the end of the week, according to ABC-57 Chief Meteorologist Tom Coomes.

(Photo supplied/National Weather Service)
(Photo supplied/National Weather Service)

Starting Thursday, Dec. 8, at 3 a.m., a Winter Storm Warning will be in effect for Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph Counties in Michigan and a Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect for St. Joseph, Elkhart and LaGrange Counties, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service is calling for 5 to 8 inches of snow in southwestern Michigan by late Friday. The Cassopolis area and areas to the north could receive more than 6″ of snow.

Temperatures will start to drop on Wednesday, Dec. 7, and by Thursday afternoon, the daytime high will only reach the mid 20s and the snow will start to fly.

Wind direction is a key factor, ABC 57 Meteorologist Tom Coomes said.

The more westerly the wind, the more the impact the snow will have north of the state line. A more north-to-northwesterly wind would throw snow bands across northern Indiana.

Stay tuned to 95.3 MNC throughout the rest of the week for updates on the forecast.

For Winter Weather text alerts direct to your cell phone, text NEWS to 45364.

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