Snowstorm Slams the Central Great Lakes Tonight

March 2, 2012; 10:06 PM ET
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As severe weather continues into the southern Appalachians, a snowstorm is taking shape over part of the Midwest and will blast into the central Great Lakes area tonight.

Cold air rushing into the nation's heartland will combine with the storm to produce a swath of windswept snow through tonight.

Winds will become strong and gusty around the storm center. These strong winds, combined with heavy snowfall, could create blizzard conditions tonight.

The hardest hit region from this powerful storm is expected to be the northwestern part of Michigan, including Traverse City and central Ontario, including Sudbury. Over a foot (30 centimeters) of wind-whipped snow is possible.

A larger version of this map is available on the Winter Weather Center.

Up to a few inches of snow will fall on the Milwaukee area with much lesser amounts farther south into Chicago. Only a few windblown flurries will dust the Detroit area.

This will be a quick-hitting, but powerful storm. By Saturday morning, snow will taper off across Michigan as the storm pulls northeastward into Quebec.

On the southern side of this storm, a large outbreak of severe weather, including tornadoes, has hammered the Ohio and Tennessee valleys.


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