A massive weather system is expected to hit Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and several other states in the Midwest tonight, according to the National Weather Service. "This system will blanket portions of the Great Lakes and interior Northeast in 1-3 inches of snow with isolated higher amounts, particularly downwind of lake Eerie where they may get between 4-8 inches by Sunday morning."
In Northern Ohio, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch due to hazardous driving conditions created by heavy snow. Total snow accumulation is expected to be over 6 inches in most areas by Monday morning.
Hazardous driving conditions are also expected throughout the state of Michigan. The roads will be slippery, and motorists should drive slower than usual due to reduced visibility. Total snowfall accumulation is expected to be 1-3 inches, with the highest amounts generally south of Port Huron.
Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, a light dusting of snow is expected. However, "a weak clipper system could bring an inch or so of snow to the region Monday and produce slippery travel conditions," per the National Weather Service.
As you can see from the weather forecasts below, several states in the Midwest are going to receive a lot of snow:
It's important to remember that even a small amount of snow or ice can produce slippery driving conditions. Therefore, it's a good idea to be cautious whenever you're driving in adverse weather conditions. Since snow reduces the traction on your tires, it's a good idea to reduce your speed and account for a longer braking distance whenever you stop at a red light or intersection. Also, try to stay five or six seconds behind other vehicles. If you need to stop, it'll give you a bit of extra time due to the increased braking distance caused by snow and ice.
You should also watch out for black ice while driving in the Midwest during the winter. "Black ice, a very thin and nearly invisible layer of ice that makes the road look wet, is another reason to slow down this winter," according to the Michigan State Police. "Stay alert for black ice on bridges, ramps, and overpasses, after sudden drops in temperature, and in shaded areas."
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