Area under storm warning

ESCANABA – A winter storm warning remains in effect for Delta, Menominee, and Schoolcraft counties until 10 p.m. EST this evening.

According to the National Weather Service in Marquette, an axis of moderate to heavy snow is expected to develop across portions of central Upper Michigan as a low pressure system moves northeast across Lower Michigan and into Canada during the day today.

A winter storm warning for heavy snow and blowing snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring.

“Basically we’re going to see some snow showers picking up in intensity throughout the day,” said NWS meteorologist Jane Marie Wix.

The three-county area is expected to see between three to four inches today, while southern Menominee County could see snow totals of approximately five inches.

Snow will taper off this evening, but could result in approximately one-half inch of additional accumulation in Delta, Menominee, and southern Schoolcraft counties. The system will transition into lake effect snow affecting mostly Alger and Luce counties, said Wix.

Temperatures will also steadily drop throughout the day, reaching single digits in Menominee County and the low teens in both Delta and Schoolcraft counties. Wind chill values are expected to dip into the single digits this afternoon in the area, so those out and about are reminded to dress warmly and to keep their extremities covered.

Wix also noted It will get windier as the day continues with some wind gusts reaching 25 mph. Drivers should expect to face snow covered and slippery roads, while patchy blowing and drifting snow will make for difficult travel conditions.

“Especially since it’s going to be on the breezy side, that’s going to reduce visibility on the road,” said Wix.