Winter arrived in ‘River Country’ with the ‘winter solstice’ at 6:12 a.m. (EST) Friday (December 21, 2012). According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, it’s “the earliest winter since 1896.” And it definitely feels and looks like winter.
Underscoring the wintry nature of the day are some school closings around St. Joseph County and the fact that a Winter Weather Advisory issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) remains in effect until 7 p.m. Friday.
Forecasters talk of strong winds, accumulating snow and reduced visibilities. They say additional snow accumulations from lake effect snow will continue through Friday afternoon. In addition to the snow, strong winds will continue through Friday afternoon with gusts up to 50 MPH possible.
Total snowfall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are expected by Friday evening. The strong winds will cause some blowing snow and reduced visibilities. Travel may become hazardous at times due to snow and blowing snow. Minor wind damage and sporadic power outages are also possible due to the very strong winds.
For more detailed information on the weather from the NWS, click here.