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Monday P.M. Commute Will Be Snowy

Posted at 5:30 PM, Feb 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-17 06:22:02-05

WEST MICHIGAN (February 16, 2014) — While our Monday morning commute to work and school is expected to be dry and uneventful, the afternoon/evening commute will not be the same. A low pressure system will skirt across the Great Lakes and deliver another round of accumulating snow beginning Monday afternoon and continuing through Monday evening. A general 3″-6″ will fall in most areas, with a couple of isolated higher amounts possible, especially south of metro Grand Rapids.

Snowfall rates will increase in the afternoon, possibly exceeding an inch per hour at times.  A stiff breeze from the east and southeast will blow snow around a bit as well.  Snow should start to wind down after midnight, allowing some time for crews to tackle the roads prior to the Tuesday morning commute.  Temperatures climbing into the 30s along with partial sunshine Tuesday should help to allow for improvement as well.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES are in effect for the entire area from Monday at noon through Tuesday at 4:00 A.M. About a dozen states across the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes are under some type of Winter Storm Warning or Winter Weather Advisory.

Thus far in Grand Rapids we’ve tallied almost 95 inches of snow. That number is much higher in Muskegon at 114 inches. Click here to see the complete graphic from the National Weather Service. We’re actually expecting warmer temperatures later this week. We should hit highs of 40 degrees or more. Unfortunately, rain is likely on Thursday and areas from Grand Rapids south could (preliminarily) see at least one inch or more of liquid precipitation. As I noted in a previous article last week, flooding concerns will increase since we have several inches of water locked up in the 20″+ of snow still on the ground.

Get more, including interactive radar and the 7 Day Forecast, on the Weather page.