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Rising Temperatures, More Rain and Dense Fog on the Way

Posted at 11:15 AM, Jan 28, 2013

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Temperatures Monday morning were already climbing well into the 40s around most of West Michigan, and will get into the 50s during the day Tuesday.

One downside of the milder air is widespread fog around the region; the National Weather Service issued a dense fog advisory for areas south of I-96 that continues through Tuesday morning.  Visibility had dropped to one-quarter of a mile at Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Holland, and other locations as of 11:00 A.M.

Widespread rain showers were already tapering off by mid-morning, but areas of dense fog and drizzle are still possible for the rest of the day Monday.  Some additional rain is possible Monday night and Tuesday, but the heaviest rain and thunderstorms will likely come Tuesday night as a strong cold front rolls into the Great Lakes.  That front will take temperatures in the 50s Tuesday evening back into the teens by late Wednesday night.

Projected rainfall amounts of one to two inches will melt a major portion of the recent snow, causing elevated risks of flooding the rest of the week.  The National Weather Service has posted a Flood Watch for the time period from Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.

As the Arctic air returns, there’s a likelihood of more lake-effect snow developing, especially Thursday and Friday.

You can check out the latest forecast, along with interactive radar and more, on the Weather page.