Monday Forecast: You Probably Don’t Want to Know

Posted at 6:40 AM, Mar 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-18 08:41:57-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Officially, spring begins early Wednesday morning.  In reality, temperatures will stay below average through the next week and possibly for the rest of the month.

A combination of two low-pressure systems will bring snow showers to West Michigan during the day Monday.  Temperatures will climb into the mid to upper 30s Monday afternoon, which may allow for a mix of rain and snow for a couple of hours south of Grand Rapids.

Behind those systems, colder air will move in on strong west winds, which will generate lake-effect snow showers Monday night.  Accumulations will not be extreme, but the combination of snow, cold, and wind will likely create slippery conditions for drivers Tuesday morning.

Snow showers will continue throughout the day Tuesday, with lake-effect continuing all the way into Wednesday night or Thursday morning before it dies out.  Areas near Lake Michigan may pick up several inches of snow altogether, but not all of it will necessarily stick to the ground.

Winds will be strongest on Tuesday and will gust as high as 40 miles per hour at times.

The map above shows predicted snow totals through early Tuesday morning; however, more snow will continue through the first half of the week.

You can check out the updated forecast and interactive radar on the Weather page.