The National Weather Service is predicting a second winter storm in two weeks will hit Branch County and the surrounding area.

Forecasters have issued a Winter Storm Warning for Branch, St. Joseph and Hillsdale Counties in Michigan as well as for Steuben County in Indiana from 12:00 noon until midnight on Thursday.

The forecast is calling for mixed precipitation into early afternoon

followed by heavy snow with total accumulations of 6 to 10 inches along with ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch.

Winds gusting as high as 40 miles per hour will cause considerable blowing snow.

Travel will become very difficult with hazardous conditions expected to impact the Thursday evening commute.

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

This storm will come on the heels of a nearly 10 inch snowfall which took place on February 2.

A Flood Watch remains in effect from early Wednesday night until Thursday evening. 

Rainfall between one and two inches is expected to fall during this period with times of moderate to heavy rain.

Frozen ground, ice jams, and additional snow pack melt will help lead to increased runoff leading to minor to moderate river flooding and flooding in low lying areas