The “fall” winter weather has arrived in West Michigan impacting travel and putting us in the deep freeze. The worst of this blast occurs tonight and Tuesday morning. From the Grand Rapids National Weather Service: “CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE TO DETERIORATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING AS LAKE EFFECT SNOW AND WIND INCREASE. A COMBINATION OF HEAVY LAKE EFFECT SNOW AND GUSTY WEST WINDS WILL PRODUCE POOR TRAVEL CONDITIONS BEGINNING LATE THIS AFTERNOON LASTING THROUGH TONIGHT AND INTO TUESDAY. ACCUMULATING SNOW…NEAR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES AND WIND CHILLS DROPPING TOWARDS ZERO ARE ALL EXPECTED FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY.”
“* 4 TO 8 INCHES ADDITIONAL SNOW OVERNIGHT. LOCAL SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR POSSIBLE ALONG WITH THUNDER.
* WINDS FROM THE WEST FREQUENTLY GUSTING TO 30 MPH.
* VISIBILITIES REDUCED IN BLOWING SNOW WITH OCCASIONAL WHITEOUTS.
* WIND CHILLS NEAR ZERO BY TUESDAY MORNING.
* VERY HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ESPECIALLY TONIGHT AND TUESDAY MORNING.
* ROADS EXTREMELY SLIPPERY WITH ACCUMULATING SNOW AND VERY POOR VISIBILITIES.
* NUMEROUS HIGHWAY AND BUSINESS CLOSURES POSSIBLE.”
The Grand Rapids National Weather Service continues the Winter Storm Warning for the counties near the lakeshore and south of I-96 and a Winter Weather Advisory for the counties farther inland until 9 PM Tuesday. Visibilities will be reduced and travel may be hazardous at times. The blowing and drifting snow will likely make travel on north-south roads hazardous for high profile vehicles. Many of the locations in the warning area will see at least 4-8 inches of fresh snow.
Scattered power outages are possible with this storm.
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 including new high resolution forecast models.
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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