A White Christmas is coming
Merry Christmas Eve! A White Christmas is on the way as the snow should start moving in from the southwest by 9 AM. Expect the most intense snow bands in the afternoon and evening, so travel today will be slow. Expect snow-covered roads at times and reduced visibilities. That’s why a Winter Storm Warning takes effect at 7 AM today for St. Joseph (IN), LaPorte, and Berrien counties until 7 PM tomorrow. The warning area now includes Cass (MI), Elkhart, Kosciusko, Marshall, and Starke (IN) with the latest update this AM. Everyone else is under a Winter Weather Advisory from 7 AM to 7 PM today.
System snow will continue into tonight and transition to lake effect for Christmas morning and throughout Christmas Day. The wind will also pick up, gusts of 30-35 mph are possible, making blowing and drifting snow likely too. The lake effect should start to fade away for most by Monday night, but several lake effect chances persist after the holiday.
Not much has changed with regards to totals from yesterday afternoon’s update: 2-5” by this evening with another 2-4” from Sunday night and Monday. By Monday, 6-8” is expected for NW Michiana with isolated spots of 9” possible in Berrien county and 3-6” south of the Toll Road. After it all, arctic air moves in through the new year.
Today: Cloudy with snow. Widespread 2-5” expected. High of 27.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with system snow changing over to lake effect. Another 2-3” possible. Low of 17.
Christmas Day: Mostly cloudy and windy with lake effect snow showers. 1-2” possible north of the Toll Road. High of 23.
Tuesday: Partly sunny and breezy with a chance of lake effect snow showers. Highs in the low 10s.