Van Buren County is in store for a blast of winter weather by the end of the work week, according to forecasters.

Though temperatures early in the week were above 60 degrees, by Tuesday a winter storm watch had been issued for most of the state, including Van Buren County.

Wednesday’s weather prediction from the Weather Channel calls for a high of 73 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Thursday should bring some showers and temperatures will reach only into the upper 40s.

On Friday, the forecast calls for a high of 32 degrees with a low of 11. There will be freezing rain and sleet and potential for some icing, the Weather Channel reports. Temperatures stay cold Saturday with a high of 33 degrees, and on Sunday there is a 30 percent chance of light freezing rain with a high around 40 degrees.

The Weather Channel offers this advice for when a winter storm hits:

* Have the ability to get weather forecasts and storm updates as they are released.

* Have emergency supplies such as firewood, batteries, non-perishable foods, generators and flashlights, and drinking water. Make sure laptops and cell phones are charged.

* Make home preparations, including insulation for pipes.

* Have antifreeze and ice removal equipment for vehicles.