Lake-Effect Snow Returns Sunday

Posted at 7:38 AM, Dec 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-15 07:38:36-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — After a storm system dropped several inches of snow around the state Saturday, another round of lake-effect snow will leave additional accumulations for much of West Michigan during the day Sunday.

As of 7:00 A.M., a band of lake-enhanced snow had worked its way well inland from Lake Michigan, leaving a fresh coating on many roads and surfaces.  At the FOX 17 studios, about half an inch had fallen between 3 and 7 A.M.

A more classic lake-effect pattern will redevelop and linger throughout the day.  Bands of snow will spread all the way toward the Lansing area, with the heaviest snow concentrated along and west of M-37, and between I-96 and I-94.  Those areas will pick up about two to four inches through Sunday evening.  Elsewhere, accumulations will vary, but generally end up between one and three inches.

Wind and cold will help to create difficult driving around much of the area throughout the day; north-south roads like U.S. 31 and 131 will be affected as snow blows over the roads, reducing visibility and keeping pavement snow- and ice-covered.

Light snow will continue Sunday night and Monday in spots, but conditions will quiet down a bit for the start of the work and school week.  However, a couple more inches of snow are likely as another disturbance moves through Monday night and Tuesday.

A brief thaw is possible with a rain/snow mix late this week; you can check that out, as well as interactive radar, on the Weather page.