WEST MICHIGAN — Be advised Mother Nature will not be loosening her winter grip anytime soon.
Another round of accumulating snow will develop through the overnight period and continue through the first part of Thursday. Energy in the upper levels of our atmosphere will pivot in to Michigan from the north/west, pick up moisture from Lake Michigan, and start another round of lake-effect and lake-enhanced snow.
A general one to three inches will fall through this time period with the highest amounts occurring north/west of Grand Rapids with some extra enhancement as winds turn from the west/southwest. Speaking of winds, they too are expected to ramp up a bit to around 10 to 20 mile per hour on Thursday. That means with temperatures only in the upper teens/low 20s, wind chills will be running mainly in the single digits throughout the day. Make sure to bundle up!
A cold front will sag in to the area on Friday and may generate more light accumulating snow or flurries. On Saturday, a much bigger system passing well south of the Great Lakes will likely spread another one to three inches of snow across the area. The highest amounts will be south/east of Grand Rapids. The larger impact with this system will actually occur across the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast United States. The attached graphic is a snapshot from our FOX 17 FutureTrack HD computer forecast model tabulating the totas snow accumulation through 6:00 PM Thursday with this system.
Make sure to check our website for live radar, temperatures, wind chills and our seven-day forecast. Drive safe and stay warm!