Lake-Effect Still A Factor In Spring

Posted at 6:59 PM, Mar 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-21 18:59:51-04

WEST MICHIGAN (March 21, 2014) — It’s unusual that we’re still taking about lake-effect from Lake Michigan this late in the winter. While we’re not expecting any significant measurable snow the next few days, lake-effect clouds and light snow showers and/or flurries are possible this weekend.

Sharply colder air coming from Canada and flowing over a 32/34 degree Lake Michigan will likely generate at least some lake-effect clouds. If there’s enough moisture we may be able to squeeze out some light snow showers too and/or flurries. Normally the best chance at seeing the biggest lake-effect influence tends to be in the Fall and early winter when the greatest difference exists between the cold air above the lake and the lake temperature itself.

The attached photo was submitted by Bill Beatty and was snapped this week at the Grand Haven pier.

Instead of being in the mid/upper 40s (where we should be for this time of year), we’ll only see highs on Saturday in the mid 30s and only mid/upper 20s on Sunday! You can get the complete West Michigan forecast at