WEST MICHIGAN — As our FOX 17 team of meteorologists have been highlighting the past few days the heaviest snowfall would occur across our southern counties. Indeed that has been the case! This first season snowfall produced by a low pressure area tracking through the southern Great Lakes will continue to lift in to Canada and take the snow with it this evening and early overnight. Local winter storm warnings and advisories remain in effect overnight through 7 AM Sunday!
Here are some of the snow totals across the area thus far. The highest totals have been tallied in/around the Kalamazoo area with the city reporting anywhere between 8.5″ and 9″. Schoolcraft in Kalamazoo County picked up 8.5″. Alamo 7.8″, Richland 6.5″, Oshtemo 8″, and Cooper 8″ (all in Kalamazoo County). 8″ in Mattawan, Glenn in Allegan County tallied 5.3″, Bath in Clinton County 7.3″, Zeeland in Ottawa County 3.5″, and Grand Rapids 3.2″. Dansville in Ingham County tallied 11″, while Hastings had 6.6″, and Hudsonville 2.4″. The highest total reported from this system appears to be just outside of our FOX 17 viewing area in Jackson County. Rives Junction picked up a whopping 14″! Our counties further north only had about 1″ to 3″.
Please be careful on the roads overnight! Our low temperatures are expected to drop in the low/mid 20s with wind chills in the teens. Everything on the primary and secondary roads is expected to freeze make for slippery walking and driving conditions.
We may see a few lake-effect snow showers overnight and though Sunday morning along and west of U.S. 131 with a west wind at about 7 – 14 mph. Only minor accumulations are likely as the deeper moisture pulls away from Michigan and the air mass dries considerably.
The attached photo was submitted by Robin Smith and was taken in Battle Creek where they picked up between 7″ and 8″. Don’t forget to post your photos or snow reports on the FOX 17 Facebook page or email us at email@example.com. Get the complete forecast…including a huge warm up in to the 50s for Thanksgiving at www.fox17online.com/weather.