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It might still be fall on the calendar but…

I think winter is just around the corner! We are predicted to get our first big snowfall starting on Sunday.

Lake Effect Snow Advisory

Allen (Indiana)

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
449 AM EST SAT DEC 4 2010
...LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT FOR
SOUTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN AND NORTHWEST INDIANA...
...LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT FOR SOUTH
CENTRAL LOWER MICHIGAN AND NORTHEAST INDIANA...
.CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO BE FAVORABLE FOR A PROLONGED SIGNIFICANT
LAKE EFFECT SNOW EVENT DEVELOPING TONIGHT AND CONTINUING INTO
EARLY NEXT WEEK. AS MUCH COLDER AIR SPREADS SOUTH OVER THE RELATIVELY
WARM WATERS OF LAKE MICHIGAN...LAKE EFFECT SNOW WILL INITIALLY
SPREAD INLAND OVER LAPORTE AND STARKE COUNTIES IN NORTHWEST
INDIANA. AS NORTHERLY WINDS SHIFT MORE TO THE NORTHWEST LATE TONIGHT
AND INTO SUNDAY...THE LAKE EFFECT SNOW BANDS WILL SHIFT MORE TO
THE EAST...AFFECTING BERRIEN AND CASS COUNTIES IN SOUTHWEST LOWER
MICHIGAN AND SAINT JOSEPH...ELKHART AND MARSHAL COUNTIES OF
NORTHERN INDIANA. SNOW IN THESE AREAS WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES WITH
SNOWFALL RATES AT TIMES OF 1 TO 3 INCHES PER HOUR. LESS INTENSE
SNOWBANDS WILL AFFECT SOUTH CENTRAL LOWER MICHIGAN AND THE
REMAINDER OF NORTHERN AND NORTHEAST INDIANA SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY
NIGHT.
GIVEN THE NATURE OF LAKE EFFECT SNOWFALL AND INHERENT
DIFFICULTIES IN FORECASTING...PRECISE FORECASTS OF SNOW AMOUNTS
REMAIN DIFFICULT AT BEST. THE POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL
TOTALS BY DAYBREAK TUESDAY AND FOR SIGNIFICANT TRAVEL IMPACT DURING
THIS TIME FRAME IS HIGH. INTENSE SNOWBANDS ALONG WITH THE EXTENDED
DURATION OF THE EVENT SUGGESTS THAT SOME LOCATIONS WILL RECEIVE IN
EXCESS OF A FOOT OF A SNOW. LOCALIZED AREAS WHERE SNOWBANDS
PERSIST COULD RECEIVE IN EXCESS OF A FOOT AND A HALF OF SNOW BY
DAYBREAK TUESDAY...ESPECIALLY IN BERRIEN AND WESTERN CASS COUNTIES
IN MICHIGAN. LESSER AMOUNTS...GENERALLY IN THE 3 TO 7 INCH
RANGE...ARE ANTICIPATED IN THE ADVISORY AREA.
INZ017-018-041800-
/O.NEW.KIWX.LE.Y.0015.101205T1200Z-101207T1100Z/
WHITLEY-ALLEN IN-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...COLUMBIA CITY...TRI-LAKES...
SOUTH WHITLEY...FORT WAYNE...NEW HAVEN
449 AM EST SAT DEC 4 2010
...LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM SUNDAY TO 6 AM
EST TUESDAY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORTHERN INDIANA HAS ISSUED A
LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM SUNDAY
TO 6 AM EST TUESDAY.
* TIMING...LAKE EFFECT SNOW WILL BEGIN AROUND DAYBREAK SUNDAY.
CONTINUED LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS WILL PERSIST INTO MONDAY
NIGHT AND MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...TOTALS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES BY DAYBREAK
TUESDAY.
* OTHER IMPACTS...VISIBILITIES WILL BE HIGHLY VARIABLE WITH
INTENSE SNOWFALL IN NARROW BANDS. UNTREATED ROADS WILL BECOME
SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY. TRAVEL ON AFFECTED PORTIONS OF
INTERSTATE 69 AND ROUTE 30 COULD BECOME HAZARDOUS.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
A LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY MEANS LAKE EFFECT SNOW IS FORECAST
THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT IN SOME AREAS. LAKE EFFECT SNOW
SHOWERS TYPICALLY ALIGN THEMSELVES IN BANDS AND WILL LIKELY BE
INTENSE ENOUGH TO DROP SEVERAL INCHES IN LOCALIZED AREAS. USE
CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING.


Now I will really be put to the test regarding enjoying the winter. I think I’ll fill up the bird feeders this weekend and get the snow gear out. I might just build a snowman or two in the front yard as well!

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