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Tonight's Forecast: Breezy and colder with scattered lake effect snow showers

A Much Bigger Storm System Arrives Friday Night
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Posted at 4:56 AM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 23:20:53-05

GRAND RAPIDS — The forecast from FOX 17 Chief Meteorologist Kevin Craig: It will turn breezy and colder overnight and Thursday as a cold front clears the area and some scattered lake effect snow impacts parts of the area with a dusting of accumulation. Otherwise, the weather looks fairly quiet during the rest of the week until another big system takes aim on the area this weekend with snow, rain, and wind. This will likely begin impacting the area Friday night and continue through Saturday. Colder air and lake effect snow showers are likely Saturday night into Sunday.

TONIGHT: Chance of drizzle/flakes/flurries in the evening, otherwise mostly cloudy and breezy. Light lake effect snow showers are possible along/west of U.S. 131. Lows in the mid 20s. West/northwest winds at 10 to 20 mph.
TOMORROW/THURSDAY: Few light morning lake effect snow showers, otherwise partly sunny to mostly cloudy and colder. Highs steady in the mid/upper 20s. Northwest winds at 10 to 20 mph. Wind chills in the teens.
TOMORROW NIGHT: Partial clearing and cold. Lows in the middle teens. Northwest wind at 5 to 15 mph becoming northeast at 5 to 10 mph.
FRIDAY: Some sunshine early, otherwise Increasing clouds with snow developing in the late evening and overnight. It may be heavy at times. Highs in the upper 20s. East/southeast winds at 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph late.
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with very gusty winds. Snow changing over to a wintry mix/rain, then back to snow showers in the afternoon. Several inches of snow and sleet accumulation possible. Preliminarily, we're thinking about 4" to 6" across most of our area, with the lesser amounts south of Grand Rapids, and highest amounts north of Grand Rapids. Temperatures rise into the upper 30s by noon, then drop off later in the day. Snowfall amounts will depend on when we change over to rain, for how long, and when we change back to snow.