UPDATE 6:00PM: A few snowfall totals from across southwest Michigan and northern Indiana as of 6:00PM:
15.0″ Spinks Corners, MI
12.0″ Sodus, MI
12.0″ Berrien Springs, MI
8.0″ Mishawaka, IN
7.0″ Benton Harbor, MI
UPDATE 10:30AM: Snow showers are expected to intensify over northwest Indiana between Noon and 1PM EST as a new plume of heavy lake effect snow moves south off Lake Michigan.
Up to six inches of snow is already on the ground in a few locations, with another two to eight inches of accumulation expected this afternoon and evening. Winds will ease overnight, resulting in fewer and less intense snow showers after Midnight.
The most treacherous driving conditions were reported in Berrien county along Interstate 94 between St. Joseph and Hartford, Michigan. Numerous accidents have been reported near Coloma and Watervliet, where motorists are reporting traffic in both the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-94 are at a standstill.
Snowfall totals as of 10:00AM:
6.0″ Niles, MI
6.0″ Tyner, IN
6.0″ Buchanan, MI
5.0″ South Haven, MI
3.6″ 4mi NW of South Bend
3.5″ 2mi NE of South Bend
2.0″ Mishawaka, IN
2.0″ Union Mills, IN
2.0″ Westville, IN
1.3″ La Porte, IN
0.9″ 2mi W of Valparaiso
0.7″ Stevensville, MI
BELOW: Radar at 10:30AM CST indicates a plume of heavy lake effect snow over northern Berrien county drifting south toward I-80, I-90 and South Bend.
8:00AM: Moderate to heavy lake effect snow bands will continue to have an impact on holiday travel today just 35 miles east of downtown Chicago. Travel will be slow and slippery in spots along Interstates 90 and 80, from I-65 ( just east of Gary) to roughly 20 miles east of South Bend, Indiana. On Interstate 94, the snow will impact travel from I-65 to Paw Paw, Michigan.
A Lake Effect Snow Warning continues for La Porte, St. Joseph (IN), Starke, Marshall and Berrien Counties. The warning runs until 11PM CST Wednesday night. Snow accumulation is expected to range from four to ten inches in the warning counties, with locally heavier totals of 12 or more inches. A few of the cities included in the warning are South Bend, Michigan City, New Buffalo and La Porte.
In addition to the warning, a Lake Effect Snow Advisory continues for Porter, Jasper, Pulaski and Fulton counties in northwest Indiana through 11PM CST or 12AM EST. One to six inches of fluffy lake effect snow is likely in the advisory area, with locally heavier totals in excess of six inches. In Porter county, the heaviest totals will occur in the eastern half of the county.
For Chicago and northeast Illinois, little or no snow is expected today.
BELOW: Counties in dark green are included in the Lake Effect Snow Warning. Counties shaded in light green are under a Lake Effect Snow Advisory.