Winter weather+THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH FOR OUR AREA THAT GOES INTO EFFECT LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING…¬†

WHAT…Heavy lake effect snow possible. Total snow accumulations in heavier lake effect snow bands in excess of 6 inches possible. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph and be accompanied by blowing and drifting snow.

WHERE…In Indiana, La Porte, St. Joseph IN, Starke and Marshall Counties. In Michigan, Berrien County.

WHEN…From late tonight through Tuesday morning.

IMPACTS…Travel could become very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact travel Monday morning through Tuesday morning. *

ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Rain will change to snow Monday morning. Heavy snow bands are expected to develop with snow rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour. Snow accumulations in this watch area are likely to vary greatly from less than 3 inches to more than 6 inches.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Give yourself extra time to reach you destination. Increase following distance. Decrease your speed.