The forecast for Friday, March 3, is messy all across Michiana as the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the entire listening area from 12 p.m. through 12 a.m. with rain, snow, and gusty winds on the way.
Heavy snow lasts through the evening, once the snow stops falling most roads should clear-up, but as temperatures fall there could be slick roads Saturday morning.
Snow totals are tricky to forecast with this type of system with temperatures towing the line between precipitation types, but it looks like the highest totals should mainly fall northeast of South Bend. To make things worse, winds will also pick up today, likely exceeding 40 mph at times. The greatest impacts with the heaviest snow and strongest winds should be right before and during the evening commute.
Snow will move out early tonight, the weekend looks dry and mild.
WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON EST /11 AM CST/ TODAY TO MIDNIGHT EST /11 PM CST/ TONIGHT... * WHAT...Wet heavy snow expected. Isolated thunderstorms possible. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 with isolated higher amounts around 10 inches. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph. * WHERE...Portions of northern Indiana, southwest Michigan and northwest Ohio. * WHEN...From noon EST /11 AM CST/ today to midnight EST /11 PM CST/ tonight. * IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute. The combination of gusty winds and heavy, wet snow could bring down tree branches and lead to power outages.
I will be impressed if we hit 40° AND get 6″ of snow ❄️ I think the timing of the heavy snow has a bigger impact than the final (slushy) snow totals ⏰ 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Friday. #inwx #miwx pic.twitter.com/q5RW5jLjRF
— Tom Coomes (@TomCoomes) March 3, 2023
Your ABC 57 First Warning Neighborhood Weather Center Forecast:
Friday: Rain/snow and windy. High 38.
Friday Night: Snow early. Low 30.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High 40.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 46.