Lake Effect Snow Advisory Until Noon Tuesday
November 11, 2013 — The National Weather Service late tonight issued an “Urgent – winter weather message” from its Chicago office.
It’s warning about lake effect snow accumulations over portions of northwest Indiana late tonight through midday tomorrow, as lake effect snowfall drifts into Northwest Indiana overnight.
Lakeshore meteorologist Matt Wintz is watching this cold weather system along with the Weather Service, which says this system potentially could focus a band of snow in Porter and Jasper Counties, including cities of Valparaiso and Rensselaer.
The Weather Service’s lake effect snow advisory remains in effect until noon CST Tuesday with the heaviest snow possible overnight into early Tuesday before shifting to the east.
The Service expects snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches, with isolated amounts of 6 or more inches possible over eastern portions of the counties.
It warns that bursts of heavy snow could cause whiteout conditions, as it forecasts snow squalls with wind gusts around 25 miles per hour and snow rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour with blowing and drifting snow that might cause to dangerous conditions on roadways.
The National Weather Service advises people to take precautionary, preparedness actions when travelling, as a lake effect snow advisory means lake-effect snow is forecast that will make travel difficult in some areas because lake-effect snow showers typically align themselves in bands and will likely be intense enough to drop several inches in localized areas.