WEST MICHIGAN — The attached snapshot is from our FOX 17 FutureTrack HD computer forecast model valid for 6:00 AM on Monday morning. Notice the cold front slicing through the area at that time. It will likely generate a few rain showers, eventually mixing with and perhaps changing to snow showers later in the day with little/no accumulation. Temperatures will only warm in to the low/mid 40s Monday.
When it begins to get interesting is Monday night in to Tuesday. Winds will switch and come in from the north/northwest and the sharply colder air coming across the warmer waters of Lake Michigan may start generating accumulating lake-effect snow. However, our forecast models are showing that only locations along the immediate lakeshore and well south/west of Grand Rapids (western Allegan/Van Buren, as well as Berrien and Cass Counties) would only see accumulating lake-effect snow. Temperatures on Tuesday will be confined to the middle 30s at best.
Inland locations later Monday and throughout Tuesday would likely see some sunshine with that same north/northwest flow. Make sure to stay tuned to later forecasts! A change in the wind direction will certainly affect the way the event will impact other locations.
Once the snow showers shut down and wrap up later Tuesday and early Wednesday, a brief warm up will commence as temperatures eventually return back to the mid/upper 40s later in the week. Get the complete West Michigan forecast at www.FOX17online.com/weather.