With today’s large amount of snowfall, Starke County has been placed under a travel advisory status of “Advisory.” A travel advisory status of “Advisory” means that routine travel or activity may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation. Citizens should use caution or avoid these areas.
Commissioner Dan Bridegroom says the plow trucks have been pulled off the streets for the day, but will resume clearing the roads at 5 a.m. Sunday morning.
The National Weather Service has issued the following alert for Marshall and St. Joseph counties.
…LAKE EFFECT EVENT CONTINUES THIS AFTERNOON..
.A COLD ARCTIC AIR MASS REMAINS ACROSS THE OPEN WATER OF LAKE
MICHIGAN THIS AFTERNOON. THIS LAKE EFFECT SNOW EVENT WILL
CONTINUE TO TRANSITION INTO A FEW INCREASINGLY WEAKER BANDS
ORIENTED MORE NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST…AS OPPOSED TO THE DOMINANT
SINGLE NORTH TO SOUTH BAND THAT IMPACTED THE REGION THIS MORNING.
IN ADDITION…10 TO 25 MPH WINDS WILL CAUSE SOME BLOWING AND
DRIFTING OF THE NEW SNOW…ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS. VISIBILITY
WILL BE REDUCED AT TIMES BELOW A QUARTER MILE IN THE HEAVIER SNOW
AND BLOWING SNOW. WIND CHILL TEMPERATURES WILL HOVER FROM NEAR
ZERO TO THE SINGLE DIGITS ABOVE ZERO THROUGH THE DAY.
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS
* MODERATE LAKE EFFECT SNOW WILL PERSIST INTO EARLY AFTERNOON.
THEN THE LAKE EFFECT SNOW WILL TRANSITION INTO GRADUALLY
WEAKENING MULTIPLE BANDS AND PRIMARILY ONLY REACH INLAND TO
NORTHERN MARSHALL COUNTY.
* SHARPLY COLDER TEMPERATURES AND BRISK WINDS WILL CAUSE SINGLE
DIGIT WIND CHILLS. IN ADDITION…STRONG WINDS WILL CAUSE SOME
BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW IN OPEN AREAS.
* SNOW AND ICE COVERED ROADS WILL RESULT IN EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS
* SNOW TOTALS OF 3 TO 8 INCHES EXPECTED WITH ISOLATED HIGHER
AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. THE HEAVIEST AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED IN
NORTHWEST SAINT JOSEPH COUNTY.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.