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Quiet start to the week, but snow is coming

Posted at 5:55 AM, Dec 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-03 21:56:12-05

WEST MICHIGAN — The weekend will start on a quiet note, with high pressure moving into Michigan from the west. High pressure usually leads to clearing skies, but with a west wind coming across the warm waters of Lake Michigan, clouds were hesitant to leave the area on Saturday. There might even be a few sprinkles and flurries before noon. This is how Future Track HD sees things just after noon.

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A trough of low pressure currently resides just east of the Rocky Mountains. This trough will move eastward this weekend, and into our region by tomorrow. Here is a look at where this trough resides as of this writing:

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As that trough moves in, snow will develop by late morning. This snow will intensify somewhat through the early and middle afternoon:

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Snow accumulations will be fairly light due to the warm ground, and forecast high temperatures in the upper 30s. An inch or so of accumulation is expected on grassy surfaces. A few isolated spots could see two inches of snow. Here are the forecast totals from Future Track HD:

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The weather looks fairly uneventful Monday through Wednesday. A strong cold front, however, will bring significant lake effect snow Thursday and Friday. The snow will be heavy in some spots, with several inches of accumulation likely. We’ll keep you posted on what could be our first major snow accumulation of the season as we go through next week.