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Old Man Winter's latest bluster won't be as bad as predicted: less snow but slippery roads

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As the incoming system's track shifts farther south, the amount of snow is not as high as originally anticipated. There will still be enough snow to cause slick road conditions. (WWMT/Randi Burns){ }{ }

Get the snow shovels ready! Snow is on the way to West Michigan this week as a winter storm was forecast to move through the state starting late Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.

The track of the storm shifted farther south, according to the weather models meteorologists use to forecast.

All the models seemed to be in agreement of snowfall totals around 3 inches for Kalamazoo through midnight Thursday, Feb. 27.

As a result of the system shifting, the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids adjusted the Winter Storm Watch that was in place for all of West Michigan.

A winter storm watch is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday for the counties of Barry, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, Van Buren, Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph and Branch. This watch is expected to be converted to an advisory as the day continues.

The shift in the system's trajectory changed the snowfall expectations across West Michigan.

Most of the models were forecasting about 3 inches of snow for Kalamazoo. With some heavier snowfall rates possible, some areas might see totals reach up to 5 inches in the areas under the storm watch.

While this is a slight variation from what was originally forecast, Michiganders should still be cautious when out on the roads, especially Wednesday morning.

Still, it might be a good idea to have those snow shovels/blowers ready to go for the days to come.

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