Winter storm to slap MI with freezing rain, heavy snow and ice

California to Michigan are under alert as the major storm out west continues to bring heavy mountain snow blizzard conditions ice flooding rain and gusty winds across the region

Winter storm to slap MI with freezing rain, heavy snow and ice

Snow and sleet should start falling from west to east after 9 a.m. Sunday with snow mixing with sleet and freezing rain Sunday afternoon and tapering off in the evening.

Like the storm in Northern California this weekend, the storm in Southern California from later Tuesday to Wednesday can bring strong enough wind gusts to break tree limbs, knock over trees and lead to sporadic power outages.

"Travel conditions will become risky, if not impossible", according to a city news release, with a blizzard warning throughout the weekend and wind gusts expected to be over 40 miles per hour.

There will be a little light snow on Monday, but Martin said it doesn't look like there were be much if any accumulation.

The city of Duluth issued a no-travel advisory Saturday amid a heavy snowstorm that's expected to drop more than a foot of snow on the North Shore by midday Sunday. Some sleet and freezing rain may also be possible for Sunday. The potential for torrential rainfall below 7,000 feet could conceivably produce 3 to 6 inches of rain and raise the risk of mudslides, rockslides and debris flow, the National Weather Service said.

One storm-related death was reported in South Dakota, and three children were missing in central Arizona after a vehicle was swept away while attempting to cross a runoff-swollen creek.

Sunday - Rain and snow. More advisories, watches, and warnings will likely be needed as the late Sunday/early Monday winter storm unfolds.

Typically, weekends are "good timing" for winter storms due to the lack of cars on the roads.

Northern Michigan University reopened its residence halls two days early to give students options as forecasters predicted a foot or more of snow in the region.

The storm was expected to head east throughout the weekend into the Plains on Friday, the Midwest by Saturday and Northeast on Sunday.

According to the state Department of Water Resources, 75% of California's annual average precipitation occurs from November through March and a small difference in the number of storms can determine a wet or dry year.

In California, a significant portion of I-5 was closed because of snow, in addition to several other major routes. Somewhat warmer weather with less wind is expected for the early part of the coming week.

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