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Major winter storm could bring at least a foot of snow to Michiana Wednesday, Thursday

Lindsey Smith
Michigan Radio

A major winter storm is heading to Michiana later this week, and all WVPE listener counties are under a winter storm warning from 1 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3.

Rain is forecast to move into Michiana Tuesday afternoon — likely after 1 p.m. — and turn into sleet and snow overnight.

That snow is forecast to continue all day Wednesday and Thursday, with heavy snow possible at times. Visibility may be reduced, especially on Thursday, due to large amounts of blowing snow.

Travel will be hazardous — once roads are first covered in snow on Wednesday, they will likely remain slick until Friday morning.

Total accumulation could range from 8 to 16 inches, with local variations possible.

South Bend and Elkhart will likely get at least 12 inches, and the far northern portion of Berrien County along the lake could get closer to 8. The southern portions of WVPE’s listening area could see snow totals of 16 inches or more.

By Thursday evening the snow should be clearing up, but that night will be cold with a low around 4. Friday is expected to be clear, but cold. High 17, low of 3.

Tuesday has a high near 41, dropping to 26 overnight.

The Wednesday high is 29 with a low of 18, and the Thursday high is 21 with a low of 6.

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Updated: January 31, 2022 at 5:23 PM EST
The winter storm watch was upgraded to a winter storm warning.
Jakob Lazzaro came to Indiana from Chicago, where he graduated from Northwestern University in 2020 with a degree in Journalism and a double major in History. Before joining WVPE, he wrote NPR's Source of the Week e-mail newsletter, and previously worked for CalMatters, Pittsburgh's 90.5 WESA and North by Northwestern.