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River Flooding, Heavy Snow

Posted at 8:53 PM, Jan 30, 2013

WEST MICHIGAN — (FOX 17) — After record-setting rains and record-setting temperatures, the rivers are rising in West Michigan. The picture above was sent to us from along the Muskegon River in Mecosta County, where an ice jam caused some very rapid flooding. The picture on the left is how the river normally looks, while the picture on the right was taken Wednesday afternoon. In addition to the Muskegon River, other area rivers in West Michigan are expected to crest at or just above flood stage. This includes the Grand River, the Kalamazoo River, and the Thornapple River.  Significant flooding is not expected.  For the latest on the flooding from the National Weather Service, click HERE.

While the rivers are rising, the temperatures are dropping. This will allow a return to accumulating snow. There is a lake-effect snow advisory in effect for most of West Michigan until Saturday afternoon. Heavy snows will develop overnight Wednesday night, and by the time the snow ends on Saturday, some areas will have over a foot of new snow.

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