By NIKKI YOUNK
IRON MOUNTAIN - A winter storm warning has been issued today for the western half of the Upper Peninsula, with snow accumulations of up to 18 inches predicted for the far western parts of Gogebic and Ontonagon counties.
Locally, Dickinson County residents can expect between four to eight inches of snow, while Iron County residents can expect between six to 13 inches of snow.
The warning is in effect from 3 p.m. today to 3 p.m. Friday.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Marquette, light snow should start this afternoon and become heavy this evening. Precipitation may turn over to sleet and freezing rain in areas east of a line from Iron River to Baraga.
Only minor ice accumulation is predicted.
The bulk of the precipitation is expected to fall within a six to nine hour period overnight.
NWS warns that blizzard conditions are possible in the Keweenaw Peninsula and near Lake Michigan on Friday morning.
Elsewhere, roads will still be snow-covered and hazardous. Strong west winds will create blowing and drifting snow, reducing visibilities to less than a quarter of a mile at times.
In Florence and northern Marinette counties in Wisconsin, a winter weather advisory is in effect from noon today until noon on Friday.
Residents of those counties can expect between two to five inches of snow and up to a tenth of an inch of ice and sleet.
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