WEST MICHIGAN — It’s been an icy evening for all of West Michigan with snow, ice and rain causing slick roads and power outages. The heaviest rain has moved to the east as the dry-slot moves over head this morning. As the dry-slot moves into West Michigan we expect most of the rain, ice and snow to become fairly light. This slight lull in activity will be deceiving for many and will be short-lived as heavy snow off to the west in Iowa moves east-northeast and into Michigan.
Already ice-covered roads and surfaces will likely deteriorate quickly over the morning hours as a cold front races across the Great Lakes bringing snow and gusty winds. Snow will be heaviest along the Lakeshore and north of Interstate 96 with accumulations of 3 to 7 inches possible. Along I-96 an icy mix of freezing rain and snow will add to already slippery roads before turning over to snow completely by daybreak. Areas south of I-96, which have seen a significant amount of icing will add more this morning before receiving a dusting of light snow as the cold front moves through. Areas like E. Allegan, Barry and Calhoun counties have seen significant icing already causing over two thousand people to be without power. These hard hit areas will likely see conditions become worse over the morning hours as ice and gusty winds move back in.
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