Winter storm to hit Thursday

ESCANABA — A late-season winter storm that will bring different types of precipitation to the area is expected to arrive locally Thursday morning.

“We’re going to see a little bit of everything from this system down across the south-central (Upper Peninsula),” Jaclyn Ritzman, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service Marquette Office, said.

According to Ritzman, the storm system heading to the area will have an impact on weather conditions across the country.

“It’s going to be exiting the Rockies … and then it’s going to swing across the Plains and up across the Great Lakes,” she said.

The storm will start off as a snowstorm. Snowfall will be accompanied by strong east winds that could reach speeds of 30 to 40 mph in lakeshore areas and could result in blowing snow and reduced visibility.

The type of precipitation falling in the area will change later in the day Thursday.

“Once we start to hit the evening into the overnight hours, we’ll start to see snow transition over to a wintery mix,” Ritzman said. This should consist of sleet, freezing rain and some snow.

By Friday morning, temperatures in the area should reach the mid-to-high 30s and rainfall will likely be seen.

A total of 3 to 4 inches of snow is expected locally from the storm. In some areas, including the Keweenaw Peninsula, snowfall totals could be closer to 6-8 inches.

Ritzman noted problems could be caused by the fact the snow will be wet and heavy.