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Frigid Valentine forecast may leave you cold-hearted

Posted at 10:18 AM, Feb 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-13 05:56:22-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Some of the coldest air of the winter is on the way just in time for a busy weekend, in which many people in West Michigan will likely be going out to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

An area of low pressure will move through the Great Lakes late Friday into early Saturday, with a shot of Arctic air arriving in its wake.  Temperatures will be dropping during the day Saturday, with lake-effect snow developing generally west of U.S. 131.

Winds will also be picking up and shifting to the northwest, so as temperatures dip into the single digits and then below zero in many spots Saturday night, wind chills will likely fall somewhere between -15° and -25° Saturday night into Sunday.

Lake-effect snow will gradually let up, but bitter cold will linger into early Monday, with no significant warmup anytime soon.  Temperatures look to remain below average throughout next week.

Here are the computer model forecasts for temperatures and wind chills (“apparent temperatures”) for the next several days:

Forecast temperature graph for Grand Rapids

Forecast wind chill graph for Grand Rapids

On FOX 17 Morning News, we asked viewers to help us take advantage of the frigid forecast by coming up with pickup lines that fit with the cold Valentine’s Day weather.

Here were some of the best responses:

“I didn’t think I was a snowman, until you made my heart melt.” -Kelly Smith

“Wow was it you that just sent shivers up my spine or is it just cold.” -Ken DeVries

“You took my breath away, just like when I stepped outside this morning and it was soooo cold!” -Leo Lanning

“I wish your face could stay frozen like it is now so I can always see how beautiful you are.” -Mike Kubizna

Your face is red, your lips are blue, if I could move I’d love to hug you!” -Christie Crump Selzer

“I bet you’re really pretty underneath those three scarves.” -Jon Shaner

“Our love is just like a West Michigan winter — it feels neverending.” -Jon Shaner