Winter Storm Watch issued: Another snowy mess on the way

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Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories have been posted for areas along and north of I-96 through midday Friday.

Snow, ice and freezing rain are forecast for lowland and coastal areas such as Bellingham, Ferndale, Blaine, Lynden and Point Roberts, according to a National Weather Service statement issued Wednesday morning. The first one moves in Thursday night with small accumulations.

Don't expect the snow for your commute in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, or even South Haven this evening.

The National Weather Service issued the warning shortly after 9 a.m. on Thursday as the storm system brought blowing snow and reduced visibility as low as a half mile.

Significant snow is still expected around the state and no major changes have been made to the current snow forecast. Travel across the state this weekend will be unsafe and hard. The brutally cold air in place now will stick around for the next few days. A WIND CHILL ADVISORY is in effect for counties in northeastern Montana until Friday morning.

Anyone venturing outdoors should dress appropriately and cover any exposed skin to prevent frostbite and hypothermia, which can occur within 30 minutes.