A storm is dumping heavy snow in parts of Michigan Wednesday and a winter storm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for most of the western lower peninsula. The warning, in effect\u00a0until 7 a.m. Jan. 6, is for Allegan, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kent, Lake, Leelanau, Mason, Manistee, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ottawa and Wexford counties. "Snow showers will couple with gusty winds for blustery conditions across West Michigan by mid morning," the National Weather Service states on its website. "Occasional whiteouts will occur today. Localized heavy lake effect snow and hazardous travel conditions will continue into Thursday and Thursday night along the lakeshore." Heavy snow can be expected with accumulations of 4 to 10 inches. Wind gusts could reach as high as 45 miles per hour mainly from Muskegon south, according to the NWS. In Manistee County, 6 inches of snow is expected to fall Wednesday, with 3 more inches overnight and another 4 inches possible Thursday. The winter weather could make travel difficult with blowing snow reducing visibility. The weather system will bring near blizzard conditions that will include occasional whiteouts. According to the NWS, visibility issues will greatly affect the evening commute. "Localized heavy lake effect snow and hazardous travel conditions will continue into Thursday and Thursday night for portions of western Lower Michigan," the NWS forecast states. Other areas closer to central parts of the state will also see the weather system. A winter weather advisory has been issued for Barry, Calhoun, Clare, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Mecosta, Montcalm, Osceola and Van Buren counties\u00a0until 7 a.m. Thursday. Travel will be impacted with 2 to 4 inches of accumulating snow, icy road conditions and winds of up to 45 miles per hour. The east side of the state will see much less than the west and central parts, but will still experience effects of the storm. A wind advisory has been issued until 10 p.m. this evening for Bay, Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Midland, Monroe, Oakland, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Tuscola, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. Southwest winds from 20 to 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 45 miles per hour could blow around unsecured objects and may interrupt visibility as accumulating snow showers up to an inch may fall.