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Winter Storm Making Its Way to Michigan, Great Lakes Could Impact Snow Totals

Clear winter day. Photo: Ashley Davenport

With a winter storm making its way through the Corn Belt, January is finally starting to feel like January. Between freezing rain and snow, some parts of the Midwest are in for a messy couple of days.

According to Michigan Ag Today chief meteorologist Ryan Martin, the daytime hours of Monday will be fairly uneventful. The moisture will show up in the evening and into the overnight hours.

“You get close to sunset tonight, snow begins in the southern tier counties of lower Michigan,” he said. “Central and lower parts of lower Michigan are on track to pick up anywhere from two to eight inches of snow—maybe a little bit more.”

The heavies snow is set to fall in Iowa, northern Illinois, and parts of southern Wisconsin. When the system makes its way east to Michigan, Martin is expecting the storm to lose steam.

“With the Great Lakes close by, it’s not going to take much to amplify snows here, so we’ll wait and see,” he said. “Oddly enough, the UP gets absolutely nothing.”

Between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, there will be a quick break before another wave makes its way through Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio Wednesday afternoon through Thursday.

“That one probably gives a little bit of light snow and flurry action over southern tier counties—I-94 southward,” said Martin. “We follow that with high pressure for Thursday in control Friday and Saturday. The next precipitation event we see is snow coming through Sunday giving more accumulation.”