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STATEWIDE — You can expect a lot of precipitation to start the new year, but what type of precipitation depends on what part of Indiana you’re in.

Northern portions of the state will be getting a real taste of winter on Saturday, when rain begins to change to snow.

“When it begins to cool down, I would expect the snow to begin moving into the area in the later afternoon, into that early evening timeframe,” says Meteorologist Chris Roller with the National Weather Service of Northern Indiana.

He says areas near Lake Michigan have the strongest chance of snow.

“We certainly have a better chance for accumulating snow up there,” Roller said. “Looks like the colder air will be able to have a longer residence time. For LaPorte, I got about a 4-6 inch snowfall potential. South Bend could get 3-6 inches. And those totals could still change as we get up to the event.”

However, forecasters are still trying to map out predictions for other parts of northern Indiana.

“That area between, say, a line from Knox to Goshen, and then north of U.S. 24…that’s kind of our ‘uncertain zone’ at this point,” Roller said. Northeast Indiana could get more of a wintry mix, making the snowfall totals lower.

“I got a 1-3 inch snowfall total in Warsaw, about 1-2 inches in Fort Wayne,” Roller said.

Central portions of Indiana can expect mostly rain on Saturday, although Roller doesn’t rule out the possibility of it changing to a light snow on Saturday night.

Southern Indiana will be dealing with flooding, as areas along the Ohio River could get 2-3 inches of rain this weekend.

The temperatures are the other key ingredient to this weekend’s weather system. Roller says even if your area only gets rain for most of Saturday, the temperatures will drop low enough to make roads slick.

“One of those things where you’ll want to drive around with some caution Saturday night and into Sunday.”

It will be windy across the entire state on Sunday, making feel-like temperatures in the upper 20s or low 30s for the southern half of the state, and in the teens for the northern half.