50 degree weather rebound expected by New Year’s weekend

(Photo supplied/ABC 57)

A weather rebound is in the works for next week. But first, Michiana residents will suffer through the holiday blizzard along with millions of other Americans.

Temperatures made it to the low single digits on Friday afternoon, though with wind chills remained as low as the negative 20s.

The story on Friday wasn’t so much the snow totals, as it was the high wind gusts topping 50 miles per hour. Lake-effect now will continue to accumulate weekend. The winds will also contine to blow, resulting in more drifting snow and possible whiteout conditions at times which, in turn, will lead to dangerous driving conditions.

The blizzard warning will expire Saturday, Dec. 24, at 1 p.m.

Lake effect snow continues all the way into Sunday morning. Wind chills stay below zero Saturday and Sunday. Wind gusts up to 35 mph are possible Saturday then 25 mph Sunday.

ABC 57’s Live Doppler Radar

Wind begins to calm by Monday. Temperatures begin to warm a little each day next week. Temperatures reaching 50 degrees are possible by New Year’s weekend.

National Weather Service Northern Indiana


* WHAT...Blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations
  in excess of a foot for many areas in Berrien and Cass
  counties in Michigan. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12
  inches expected elsewhere. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph.

* WHERE...Portions of northern Indiana and southwest Michigan.

* WHEN...From 4 PM EST /3 PM CST/ this afternoon to 1 PM EST
  /noon CST/ Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Travel will be very difficult if not impossible.
  Widespread blowing and drifting snow will significantly reduce
  visibility. The hazardous conditions will impact holiday travel.
  Gusty winds could bring down tree branches and cause power
  outages. The dangerously cold wind chills between 15 and 30
  degrees below zero will cause frostbite on exposed skin in as
  little as 10 minutes.

Your ABC 57 First Warning Neighborhood Weather Center Forecast:

Friday Night: Cold. Lake effect snow. Wind gusts up to 45 mph. Blowing/drifting snow. Low 2.

Saturday: Cold. Lake effect snow showers. Wind gusts up to 35 mph. Blowing/drifting snow. High 10.

Christmas Day Sunday: Cold. Showers ending in the morning. Wind gusts up to 25 mph. High 14.

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