(WEST MICHIGAN) — Northwest winds this morning off the lake will cause lake effect snow showers to continue in many areas, especially the Kalamazoo area this afternoon. As temperatures rise this afternoon the temperature difference needed to form lake effect snow will decrease essentially shutting off the snow. Some areas of light scattered flurries will continue through the afternoon and evening but will be very light and isolated. Temperatures despite some areas of sunshine will stay below average into the low 30’s.
The weekend is still looking quiet and cool with temperatures warming into the low 40’s. We are still watching a system that will move through the midwest late Sunday and Monday. At this point forecasting models are starting to take this system slightly farther to the south. This has two effects on our weather: less of a chance of snow or rain and cooler than expected temperatures. If the forecasting models continue to trend south, it is quite possible the effects on our area will be very minimal if anything at all. While a more southerly route means no snow, it also pulls colder air out of Canada and directly into West Michigan. This would keep temperatures below average for a little while longer. There is some light at the end of the tunnel, long-range models are beginning to show a slight warm up by the end of next week.