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Winter Storm Warning for Alpena, Presque Isle, Montmorency counties through Sunday night

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Alpena, Presque Isle and Montmorency counties until Sunday night. Several inches of snow are expected and sleet is also possible in the warning area, shaded in pink. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect further south, including Alcona, Iosco, Oscoda and Ogemaw counties. Less snow is expected for the areas under the advisory, shaded in gray.

In the predawn period, a mix of snow and sleet will begin before sunrise on Sunday. This winter storm will also have wind gusts up to 35 mph. Hazardous conditions are expected to last until Sunday night.

For most places, 5-10 inches of snow are expected for the region shaded in yellow. Gusty winds from the northeast could possibly lead to enhancement off of Lake Huron — eastern areas of Alpena, Alcona and Presque Isle counties could potentially get higher amounts of snow. However, snowfall amounts will probably be less closer to Saginaw Bay where there will be more sleet and a risk of freezing rain. For the areas shaded in blue, 3-6 inches of snow are expected but ice will also be a greater concern.

The difference between sleet and freezing rain is that sleet falls as frozen ice, while freezing rain falls as liquid drops then only freezes on contact with a sub-freezing surface.

Besides any wintry precipitation, lakeshore flooding will also be an issue. Waves reaching 7-12 feet will be pushed on shore by strong northeast winds. A Lakeshore Flood Advisory is in effect for the Lake Huron shoreline until Sunday evening.