A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for cities in Southwest Michigan and the Lansing and Jackson areas, from late Thursday through late Friday. Dry air to the north will undercut snow totals, so there may be locations in the northern portion of our viewing area that see hardly any snow at all.
Some outer suburbs of the Chicago metropolitan area had already reached or were near nine inches of snow Friday afternoon.
For further coverage of this weekend's stormy weather, scroll on below - courtesy of Praedictix.
The storm system is making its way out of the Northern Rockies on Thursday morning, spreading snow down to the Dakotas.
Friday Night, snow likely, mainly before 1 a.m. "It's here where 4-7" of snow will be possible through the duration of the event. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23. If the heavy band of snow shifts South we could still see 5 inches of snow or so. Since 1884, the city has had only nine days when 12 or more inches of snow fell. The warning was issued from 9 p.m. Thursday through 6 p.m. Friday for Waukesha, Milwaukee, Walworth, Racine, and Kenosha counties. The snow that began falling late Thursday afternoon was expected to continue through Friday as the storm moves east.
National Weather Service meteorologist Lanny Fisher says conditions will worsen throughout the day on Friday.
Numerous law enforcement agencies have warned those traveling on the roadways this week to use extra caution, especially during Friday morning's commute.