A Winter Storm Watch goes into effect for the entire listening area on Thursday evening. A wintry mix Thursday afternoon and evening will likely transition to snow Thursday night. Snow may be moderate to heavy at times through Saturday morning. Storm total snow amounts may exceed 6 inches, especially near Lake Michigan. Westerly winds could gust as high as 55 mph, and will cause blowing and drifting and blizzard-like conditions. On Saturday, we more blowing snow and lake effect snow showers likely. Any snow should wrap up early on Christmas morning. The holiday is shaping up to be very cold, with highs in the teens and lows near zero.
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Northern Indiana WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING... * WHAT...Blizzard conditions possible. A wintry mix Thursday afternoon and evening will likely transition to snow Thursday night. Snow may be moderate to heavy at times through Saturday morning. Storm total snow amounts may exceed 6 inches, especially near Lake Michigan. Westerly winds could gust as high as 55 mph, and will cause blowing and drifting. * WHERE...Portions of northern Indiana, southwest Michigan and northwest Ohio. * WHEN...From Thursday evening through Saturday morning. * IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commutes. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches. The cold wind chills as low as 30 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Dangerous cold is expected Thursday night into Sunday. Low temperatures will be in the single digits above and below zero. High temperatures will be in the single digits and teens above zero. Wind chill values could fall to around 20 to 30 below zero at times. The lowest wind chills will be Friday into Saturday. Additional snow accumulations are expected near Lake Michigan through Sunday in west-northwest wind favored snow belts.
Travel conditions will deteriorate rapidly Thurs night and Fri as the edge of a bitterly cold air mass spreads east into the forecast area and as snow with strong winds develop. Wet or slushy roads will rapidly freeze by daybreak as snow develops causing hazardous travel. pic.twitter.com/TOwiSNhHYS
— NWS Northern Indiana (@NWSIWX) December 19, 2022
Tuesday: A mixture of clouds and sun. High 35.
Wednesday: Cloudy. High 32.
Thursday: Wintry mix. High 36.
Friday: Snow. Widespread blowing snow. High near 19.
Saturday: Chance for continued snow showers. Mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 14.
Christmas Day: Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 14.