A cold wind from the northwest produces classic lake effect snow showers that impact the lakeshore for Wednesday into Thursday. From the Grand Rapids National Weather Service: “SNOW SHOWERS WILL PERSIST THROUGH TONIGHT NEAR AND WEST OF US-131. SNOW WILL BE LOCALLY HEAVY AT TIMES NEAR AND WEST OF US-31 CAUSING VERY LOW VISIBILITY AND VERY SLIPPERY TRAVEL.”
The Grand Rapids National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for Allegan and Van Buren counties and a Winter Weather Advisory for the remaining counties primarily west of US-131until 7 PM Thursday. Total snowfall of 6 to 10 inches is likely in the warning area and 4 to 8 inches in the advisory area. Areas of blowing and drifting snow likely.
The strong northwest wind will create bitter wind chills both Thursday and Friday morning. The Grand Rapids National Weather Service issued a Wind Chill Advisory for the counties primarily along US-131 and I-94 from 8 PM Wednesday until Noon on Thursday. Wind chill temperatures Thursday morning will be at least 10° to 15° below zero along and west of US-131 and along and south of I-94. The Grand Rapids National Weather Service issued a Wind Chill Warning for the counties east of US-131 and north of I-94 from 8 PM Wednesday until Noon on Thursday. Expect dangerous wind chill readings of at least 15° to 25° below zero.
Cold air continues for Friday morning with more dangerous wind chill readings of 15° to 25° below zero.
As the winter weather impacts West Michigan, review these winter weather safety tips:
Understanding winter weather terms
How snow and cold may affect your health
Preparing your home for winter emergencies
Winter Survival Kits
Winter Weather Safety Tips for home and car
Cold weather and hypothermia
The attached slideshow has a few of the forecast weather maps for the snow and cold air.
Before you head out to travel around West Michigan, check out the live West Michigan Weather conditions and live lakeshore weather.
As this winter weather impacts the area, the Grand Rapids National Weather Service wants any reports you may have.
You can send them your weather reports via their on-line spotter report form. This can be accessed at: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/grr/spotter/
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You can even send in your reports with the MPING app
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