Monday's Winter Weather Advisory has now been upgraded to a full Winter Storm Warning for Kalamazoo, Van Buren and Allegan counties.The Winter Storm Warning is through Wednesday morning at 7 am. The National Weather Services says this is heavy, wet, Lake-effect snow, and will primarily affect those west of US 131. The current forecast is for 5-8 inches of snow in those areas, with some localized areas receiving almost a foot of snow.


* WHAT...Heavy lake effect snow occurring. Plan on difficult
  travel conditions. Additional snow accumulations of 5 to 8
  inches, with localized amounts up to 11 inches, are expected.

* WHERE...Portions of southwest and west central Michigan.

* WHEN...Until 7 AM EST Wednesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Winds gusting as high as 35 mph will
  cause areas of blowing and drifting snow.

As always, AAA offers these winter driving tips.

  • Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  • Never mix radial tires with other tire types.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
  • Always look and steer where you want to go.
  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.