Lake-Effect Snow to Shift, Diminish Tonight

Posted at 5:48 PM, Feb 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-16 17:48:57-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Many areas of West Michigan dodged the heavy lake-effect snow Saturday, but the places that did get hit were hammered with a foot or more of accumulation.

Totals through Saturday afternoon included reports of eleven inches near Holland, and widespread reports of between ten and sixteen inches in Oceana and Mason counties.  The above image shows U.S. 31 near the Shelby exit Saturday, and was sent in by Jodi VanOrder.

Meanwhile, official totals from the National Weather Service as of 5:00 P.M. were only 2.6″ in Muskegon since midnight, and only 0.2″ in Grand Rapids.

Snow bands remained disorganized Saturday afternoon, and most places only got under squalls briefly, if at all.  But in the heavier cells, the snow reduced visibility quickly to less than a quarter of a mile.

Snow bands will shift a bit closer to the lakeshore Saturday evening, and then likely move offshore entirely by around midnight.  Skies will clear inland and allow temperatures to drop into the single digits in many locations.

A much quieter day is ahead for Sunday, although some lingering flurries may occur again as winds shift to the west and southwest.

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