Latest On Thursday’s Winter Storm

Posted at 8:43 PM, Feb 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-06 20:43:47-05

WEST MICHIGAN — (FOX 17) — Most of West Michigan is under a winter storm warning from Noon Thursday until Noon Friday. The exception is along I-94, where a winter weather advisory is in effect.

This image from FOX 17 Future Track shows a computer model forecast of total amounts. In Grand Rapids, we’ll likely end up with around 6 inches, with higher amounts to the north. Areas along and south of I-94 will have some rain mix in at times, and that is why the snowfall forecast is lower in those areas.

In terms of timing, it appears the snow will start Thursday afternoon. This means the morning commute Thursday should be fine, but it will be a much different story by Friday morning. I expect there will be very few school closings on Thursday, but more than likely quite a few on Friday morning.

The snow that is on the way is unlike any snow we have had so far this winter in that it will be slushy and wet– and therefore harder to shovel.

So far this winter, Grand Rapids’ snow total is 35.7 inches, which is 17.9 inches below normal. Muskegon has received 53.6 inches, which is 14.4 inches below normal.

FOX 17 will have weather updates on-air and online, and you can always visit our website for a look at the current radar.