GRAND RAPIDS — WEST MICHIGAN — The forecast from FOX 17 Meteorologist Ty Shesky: Periods of rain are expected this evening through about 2am ahead of a cold front with unseasonably mild temperatures holding in the mid 40s to near 50° during that time. A cold front passing during the wee hours of the morning will bring a sudden drop in temperature, followed by some snow showers. As of now, there is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 4am Christmas Eve until 7pm Christmas Day for our lakeshore counties. Kent and Newaygo are similarly in this advisory, but only from 4am to 10pm Christmas Eve. Brisk winds, snow showers, and some blowing snow along with wind chills in the single digits will combine to make travel hazardous during this time.
TONIGHT: Scattered rain showers during the evening, mixing with and eventually changing to snow showers well after midnight. Midnight highs in the mid to upper 40s, but temperatures will bottom out in the lower to middle 20s by daybreak. South winds becoming west/southwesterly at 15 to 25 mph.
TOMORROW (CHRISTMAS EVE): Cloudy with lake effect snow showers mainly along and west of US-131, and mainly developing after noon. Breezy conditions will make temperatures feel like the teens and single digits. Steady temperatures in the lower to middle 20s. West/southwest winds at 10 to 20 mph.
CHRISTMAS EVE NIGHT: Snow showers likely, mainly along and west of US-131. Breezy and cold with lows in the upper teens. Wind chills in the single digits. West winds at 5 to 15 mph becoming northwest after midnight.
CHRISTMAS DAY: Cloudy with lake effect snow showers continuing mainly along and west of US-131. Breezy conditions again will make our temperatures feel like the single digits. Highs in the low/mid 20s. Northwest winds at 10 to 20 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon.
SATURDAY: Lingering morning snow flurries otherwise dry and becoming partly sunny. Highs in the lower 30s.