The National Weather Service office in Grand Rapids has issued a high wind watch for the entire FOX 17 viewing area from Monday morning through Monday evening. This means that conditions are favorable for high winds to develop.
Forecast wind gusts by 4pm on Monday afternoon will peak in the lower 50s in some areas according to Future Track HD.
However, higher wind gusts are possible depending on how this situation evolves. According to the National Weather Service, some areas could see wind gusts of 60 mph or higher.
A strong area of low pressure is currently developing over the western High Plains. This low has a warm front associated with it, which will move towards the area tonight and tomorrow with a chance of rain showers. As this low crosses West Michigan sometime late Sunday night or early Monday morning, it will continue to deepen (or strengthen). As it pulls away from the area, strong westerly winds will develop in its wake. Here's a look at the low's forecast position on Monday afternoon:
With that strong westerly flow coming across the already high waters of Lake Michigan, there is a high potential for lakeshore flooding. In fact, there is also a Lakeshore Flood Watch in effect for our lakeshore counties from 8 A.M. Monday through 2 A.M. Tuesday.
The likelihood for strong winds on Monday means that West Michigan residents will have to be prepared for the possibility of widespread power outages and damage to certain building structures. Temporary structures that have been built for the recent COVID-19 response will be especially vulnerable.
Stay tuned to FOX 17 for further updates!