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Snow and wind continue as travel conditions worsen

Posted at 1:32 PM, Feb 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-01 18:29:03-05

WEST MICHIGAN — Snow continues to fall across West Michigan but as the Winter Storm moves closer snow will become heavy and bring higher accumulations.

Most of West Michigan received between 3 and 6 inches by late Sunday morning, with areas along I-94 and the Indiana border seeing the highest totals. As the storm moves east into the Great Lakes it will strengthen allowing snow bands to become more intense this afternoon/evening. This intense snow band will create snowfall rates of over an inch an hour. Road conditions will continue to deteriorate as snow quickly accumulates and heavy snowfall will drop visibility quickly.

FutureTrack Wind and Wind Gust Forecast Valid Sunday Afternoon

FutureTrack Wind and Wind Gust Forecast Valid Sunday Afternoon

To compound heavy snow, winds are strong with this system. Winds have already been gusting to 30 to 40 mph creating low visibility and drifting snow. Strong winds will also drop feel-like temperatures below zero.

Snow will gradually come to an end by Monday morning and skies will partially clear but temperatures will remain very chilly as afternoon highs only climb into the mid teens. Temperatures remain below average throughout the rest of the work week. It will be difficult to see any appreciable effort with salt. Temperatures below 17 or 18 degrees usually produce very little melting effect. Secondary roadways as well as subdivisions and streets will remain quite challenging even through Monday. Drive safely! You can check radar, temperatures, and wind chills at www.fox17online.com/weather.