Strong winds top 60 mph in West Michigan

Posted at 7:01 PM, Feb 24, 2019

WEST MICHIGAN -- Peak wind gusts so far have exceeded 50 mph across nearly the entire area with a few spots approaching and hitting 60 mph. Below are some wind reports recorded across the area Sunday:

Michigan City Harbor Entrance Lighthouse - 71 mph

Saint Joesph (Berrien County) - 61 mph

Springfield (Calhoun County) - 60 mph

Roosevelt (Muskegon County) - 60 mph

Bradley (Allegan County) - 59 mph

Macatawa (Ottawa County) - 58 mph

The extreme low pressure system now off to our north will move slowly east overnight, allowing for the winds to remain strong for several more hours. It won't be until later on Monday that wind gusts come down below 20 mph.

Temperatures will also plummet, getting down into the low to mid teens by morning. With the strong, continuous winds, wind chills will become very cold, ranging from -5 to -15 degrees. School closings Monday will likely depend on one of three things. Power outages being the main reason, slick conditions out on area roads because of  snow and water freezing up, and possibly because of very cold wind chills.

High pressure will allow for mainly quiet conditions most of the day for Monday and Tuesday. As this winter has shown us though, we can't get past two quiet days without another winter weather maker, and this week will be no exception to the fact. Tuesday night into Wednesday, the area will be blanketed by light snow on the order of 2 to 4 inches.

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