Parts of West Michigan May Wake Up to Snow Thursday

Posted at 10:01 AM, Oct 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-23 10:01:13-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Lake-effect showers will become more widespread and intensify in some areas Wednesday night into Thursday morning, with the potential for enough snow mixing in to leave a minor accumulation on some surfaces.

Some locations along the lakeshore saw some flurries Tuesday night and Wednesday morning; and, a handful of elements will come together in a way that is even more favorable for snow Wednesday night:

  • Extreme instability over Lake Michigan due to very cold air flowing over still-warm water;
  • A northwest wind that will push showers further inland than Tuesday night;
  • An upper-level disturbance that will enhance some of the showers as it swings through.

The combination of these effects may allow snow showers to become heavy enough in a few locations to coat grassy surfaces, decks/patios, cars, etc. during the night.  Snow should have a tougher time sticking to roads and other areas, so difficult driving is not widely anticipated Thursday morning.

The areas most likely to see snow showers are west of U.S. 131 and south of I-96.

A few snow showers may hang on through Thursday morning and redevelop Thursday night before the lake-effect machine winds down during the day Friday.

Check out the full 7 Day Forecast on the Weather page.