South Bend and all of Northern Indiana is under a Winter Storm Warning Monday into Tuesday morning. Snow may exceed one inch per hour at times.
According to the National Weather Service, snow will persist late in the afternoon into the overnight hours. Most areas will experience between 6 to 12 inches of snow with lower accumulations near Lake Michigan.
The largest totals are forecast south and southeast of South Bend, extending to Fort Wayne and Ohio. However, the Winter Storm Warning also extends west into Chicago and north into Berrien County, Michigan.
“The winter storm warning has been expanded to cover our entire area,” the National Weather Service says in an advisory. “The snow will also be fluffy leading to low visibility and blowing/drifting.” The NWS advises that travel should be avoided tonight due to hazardous driving conditions.
Heavy snow moving into the area this evening. Winter storm warning has been expanded for entire area. Blowing/drifting expected with cold wind chills. Travel is not advised tonight. pic.twitter.com/eNuqAFw08b— NWS Northern Indiana (@NWSIWX) February 15, 2021
The heaviest snow is expected between 5 PM Eastern Time on Monday and 1 AM on Tuesday. Sub-zero wind chills are expected ranging from zero to -10 degrees. The snowfall is expected to taper off Tuesday morning, although “significant impacts will likely linger through the morning hours.”
The NWS forecast calls for snow to return late Wednesday into Thursday.