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Elkhart County on the fringe of lake effect area Tuesday

Elkhart County is east of a lake effect watch issued by the National Weather Service, but area residents could still see a little snow.

Posted on Nov. 11, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 11, 2013 at 12:08 p.m.

ELKHART — Predictions for significant lake-effect snow for northern Indiana west of South Bend might produce some light snow in Elkhart County beginning Monday night, Nov. 11.

Rain is expected to change over to snow Monday evening and snow is expected to possibly continue off and on until early Tuesday night for parts of northern Indiana.

Snow totals for Starke and LaPorte counties and part of South Bend are expected to range from 3 to 7 inches. Much of the snowfall is expected to fall west of South Bend.

A lake-effect snow watch is in effect from 7 p.m. Monday to 7 p.m. Tuesday for northwest St. Joseph County, Starke and LaPorte counties in Indiana and Berrien County in Michigan.

Snow accumulations in Elkhart County Monday night are expected to be less than half an inch. Another half inch is expected Tuesday, the weather service said.

Regardless of the anticipated light precipitation totals, Elkhart will get its first taste of wintery weather as a strong cold front pushes temperatures in to the mid to low 20s Monday night and even colder Tuesday night.

Overnight lows will dip to 23 degrees. Tuesday’s high will be around 35. Tuesday night’s low will fall to about 17 degrees, the weather service said.

On Monday, rain is expected to begin after 3 p.m. and temperatures will begin to dip to 35 by 5 p.m. West winds will be around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.

AccuWeather.com predicts the arctic air and weather system could cause slick conditions for motorists in a large region of the Great Lakes and eastward. A one-inch coating of snow could happen from Indianapolis to Pittsburgh.

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