Today, at 10:51 AM EST (Monday Mar 1 2021) the U.S. National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning Alert. The warning is in place until 11:00 pm. tonight. This hazardous weather outlook is for Eastern Upper Michigan and Northern Lower Michigan.
The winter storm warning is expected to bring heavy lake effect snow. Additional snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches with locally higher amounts. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph. are anticipated for Western Chippewa and Central Chippewa Counties.
Plan on snow covered and slippery road conditions. Blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility to near zero at times. The hazardous conditions will likely impact the evening commute.
Weather alerts: Winter storm warning in Chippewa County and lakeshore flood advisory in Alger County https://t.co/pxVcdvtztH
— MDOT Upper Peninsula (@MDOT_UP) March 1, 2021
Lake effect snow showers will continue off the lakes through this evening. Heaviest snow showers will occur across Chippewa County where near whiteout conditions are possible at times. Please see the latest winter storm warning for additional details.
Tuesday March 2 through Sunday, March 7, 2021, fluctuating temperatures may result in ice jams and localized flooding on area rivers and streams.
10:02 AM ET: Snow bands producing heavy snow at times will continue through this morning across parts of northern Michigan. Strong wind gusts and heavy snowfall rates will lead to rapid drops in visibility and hazardous travel. Use caution while driving this morning (picture via National Weather Service on twitter)Weather spotters are encouraged to report snow amounts to the National Weather Service. Reports can be shared through the National Weather Service Online, Facebook,Twitter.
A winter weather event is defined as:
- snow, ice, or sleet meeting or exceeding locally defined 12 and/or 24 hour warning criteria
- a combination of snow, ice, or sleet and blowing snow with at least one of the precipitation elements meeting or exceeding locally defined 12 and/or 24 hour warning criteria.
Chippewa County is experiencing several areas with whiteout conditions. Driving in those areas are very dangerous at this point.
Local Law Enforcement have responded to multiple complaints of vehicle crashes including one multi-vehicle crash on M-28 near Soo Line. At this time Officers are still on scene of the M-28 crash.
The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office is asking that you only travel if necessary until the winds calm down. If you must drive make sure you have headlights on, you wear your seat belt and SLOW DOWN.
Thank you and BE SAFE!