Significant winter storm with blizzard-like conditions moves toward NE Michigan

The first significant winter storm of the season could dump as much as 6” to 9” of snow on parts of northeast Michigan Sunday and into early Monday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Alpena, Cheboygan, Emmet and Presque Isle counties from 7 a.m. today through 1 a.m. Monday. Adjacent counties are under a Winter Weather Advisory for the same time period.

Meteorologists are predicting 6” to 9” of heavy, wet snow will blanket places like Alpena, Cheboygan, Petoskey and Rogers City, accompanied by windy conditions and gusts of up to 35 miles per hour.

Blizzard-like conditions could make travel very difficult at times with blowing snow and reduced visibilities.

Rain and freezing rain could makes roads even more treacherous early Monday morning before more snow moves in. Winds are expected to diminish slightly tomorrow, but remain gusty. At this time, forecasters are not calling for accumulating snow on Monday.

Counties in the Winter Weather Advisory area could see 4” to 7” inches of snow and blowing snow between today and early tomorrow morning.