WEST MICHIGAN — A developing Winter Storm in the Central Plains will move northeast today towards West Michigan. As this system moves into the Great Lakes moisture will surge north allowing for a heavy snow band to develop south of I-96 and north of I-94.
Snow will move in from the south early Saturday morning and become heavy in the early afternoon. By late afternoon, warmer air to the east of the storm will cause an area of freezing rain to develop along the Indiana/Ohio border. Temperatures in West Michigan should stay cold enough to allow for all snow to fall however snow will likely be wet and heavy. This heavy, wet snow could create problems on roofs and structures already under the stress of heavy snow and ice.
3 to 6 inches of new accumulation will be possible through Saturday evening with isolated areas of locally heavier amounts. This new accumulation will likely catapult season snow totals over 100 inches in Muskegon and 80 inches in Grand Rapids. Should snow start before midnight tonight, Muskegon could end the month of January with close to 50 inches of snow.