A disturbance moving out of the Plains and passing just south of Michigan will bring a band of heavy snow to the region.
The Grand Rapids National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for the counties south of Grand Rapids and Winter Weather Advisory for most of the counties along and north of I-96 from 7 PM Saturday until 6 AM Monday.
Snow Showers will begin Saturday evening and continue on Sunday. A strong wind from the northeast will reduce visibilities with blowing and drifting of the fresh snow. Travel may be hazardous on Sunday. The heaviest snow will likely fall along and south of I-94 with total accumulations of 8-12 inches. Right now it looks like more than a foot of snow is possible in a narrow band from South Haven to Jackson.
In the advisory area look for 5 to 8 inches by Monday. Remember, there will be blowing and drifting of the snow as the wind kicks up on Sunday.
A blast of arctic air settles into West Michigan for Groundhog Day on Monday. Morning lows dip into the single numbers with wind chill readings of -5° to -15°.
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.
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/
If you “like” their office facebook page, you can submit your reports to it at: NWS Grand Rapids Facebook Page
You can even send in your reports with the MPING app
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