WEST MICHIGAN — The uneventful weather we enjoyed this weekend will give way to a more active pattern to start the new workweek. In fact, the atmosphere looks pretty changeable right through next weekend with the overall jet stream moving west to east across the northern tier states.
Tomorrow will start cloudy and mild with no precipitation for your morning commute. However, and area of low pressure in the southern Plains as of this writing will move northeastward and across Michigan Monday night into Tuesday. This low will pull milder air into our region on its front (eastern) side along with a chance of late afternoon rain showers. However, it looks like the more significant rain will hold off until after 8pm:
Ground temperatures may initially be cold enough to support a little freezing rain at the precipitation's onset, especially north of I-96. As the rain continues and temperatures stay steady in the middle to upper 30s, however, any icy precipitation should quickly change to plain rain. Here's a look at forecast rain totals through 2 AM via one of our forecast models:
After this point in time, colder air will start to fill into West Michigan as the previously mentioned low moves to the east of us. This will cause the rain showers to gradually change over to snow showers and continue in scattered fashion through the day on Tuesday.
Although snow totals will be light with this event, slushy to icy roads are possible through the day on Tuesday due to the snow and the cold rain that fell the night before. Travel impacts will be highest north of M-57 where temperatures will be coldest.
Looking ahead towards Thursday, and Alberta Clipper could bring a pretty significant snowfall. This is still four days away and the details aren't clear at this time, but be sure to check with us through the week for forecast updates.