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Wintry mix cancels several classes, slows commute

Posted at 8:50 PM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 07:11:48-05

WEST MICHIGAN - Drivers across West Michigan are behind warned about a messy mix of precipitation that could impact Wednesday's morning commute.

It has already led to a number of school closings and caused a semi to jackknife on I-96 in Kent County.

Road conditions on the highways are snow covered in areas like Kent County, while residents in Muskegon County are waking up to five inches of snow.

Officials in Emmett Township say to avoid I-94 and to expect delays between mile markers 99 and 104. There are reports of slick conditions making it hard for semis to get uphill causing them to block lanes. There are also reports of jackknifed semis in the area.

By 9 A.M. Wednesday, most of our winter weather advisories will expire (except for our northern counties). Below, note that the rain/snow line is across Ottawa, Kent, and Ionia counties.

Our last image is valid for NOON on Wednesday below. Snow still persists across our northern counties, while rain is likely with temperatures in the 30s elsewhere.

The image below shows how much snow we are expecting from the system. The lightest amounts will be across our far southern counties, while the heaviest amounts will be north/west of Grand Rapids in areas that likely never see the changeover to rain.

High temperatures Wednesday will reach the mid/upper 30s early, then gradually fall in the afternoon. More Arctic air arrives this week with accumulating lake effect snow likely. Get the complete West Michigan forecast at http://www.fox17online.com/weather