WEST MICHIGAN — Another round of accumulating snow is expected to arrive in West Michigan this evening. It will continue into Thursday, then transition Thursday evening/night into a lake effect event. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES have already been posted from Ottawa, Kent, and Ionia Counties southward from 7 P.M. Wednesday through 7 P.M. Thursday. A general 2" to 4" is likely with the lightest amounts north/west of Grand Rapids. An isolated 5" total is possible south of the I-94 corridor.
We are expecting a raw, breezy, and sharply colder day Thursday with falling temperatures behind the passage of an Arctic front. In fact, we will likely only be in the teens Thursday evening and again for high temperatures on Friday. This will create hazardous road conditions, since it will generally be too cold for the salt to melt any snow or ice. Be careful on both the Thursday A.M. and P.M. commute...and again Friday morning! Lake-effect snow showers Thursday evening into Friday morning can drop an additional 1" to 3" / 2" to 4" focused along/west of U.S. Highway 131. Most of that will likely fall south/west of Grand Rapids across western Allegan, Van Buren, western Kalamazoo, and Berrien and Cass Counties. See our snowfall totals map below.
Wind chills on Thursday and Friday will only be in the single digits and can drop below zero at nighttime. This will be the coldest air of the winter season thus far. Luckily, it will be brief as a warm up to around 30 degrees is expected on Saturday. Get the complete West Michigan forecast at www.fox17online.com/weather.