WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY & WINTER STORM WARNING

SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH EARLY MONDAY

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Muskegon, Newaygo, Mecosta, and Montcalm effective from 7 pm Saturday until 6 am Monday. A strong storm will be crossing the Ohio Valley Sunday, bringing snow to West Michigan, with some areas perhaps seeing as much as 10-12" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so near/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected... 8-12" possible. However, Eaton, Ottawa, and Kent could see anywhere from 4-7". Additionally, gusty winds will be blowing the snow quite a bit, causing drifting on roads along with poor visibility. Travel is discouraged from late Saturday night through Sunday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for the following counties in West Michigan, effective from 7 pm Saturday until 4 am Monday: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Van Buren,  St.Joseph, Branch, and Hillsdale. A strong winter storm moving into/across the Ohio Valley will bring periods of heavy snow to the Warning area, beginning late tonight and extending through at least Sunday evening. Forecast models indicate between 8 and 12" of accumulation are possible. Additionally, strong winds will cause blowing and drifting snow. Driving conditions will be hazardous Sunday. Travel is not encouraged.

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West Michigan Weather



Saturday: Quiet Day...
Sunday: Winter Storm.. Moderate to Heavy Snowfall

 

Saturday:  Partly to mostly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the lower 30s. Winds SW at 5-10 mph.

Saturday Night: Becoming cloudy with snow developing before midnight and continuing overnight. Snow overnight may be moderate to heavy. Lows will be in the upper teens. Winds ENE 5-15 mph.

Sunday: Snow throughout the day with periods of heavy snowfall likely. Estimated accumulations range from 6-10" along/south of I-94 (with higher amounts possible close to the Indiana border), to 4-6" between I-94 and I-96, with 2-4" north of I-96. Gusty winds will cause blowing and drifting snow as well as poor visibility. Cold!  Highs will be near 20 degrees. Winds NE 15 to 25 mph with 30-35 mph gusts.

Sunday Night: Snow will start to calm down... however blowing and drifting snow will still be an issue. Very cold. Overnight lows near zero degrees. Winds N at 15 to 25 mph with higher gusts. Wind chills will be near -10 degrees.

Monday: Becoming partly sunny. Breezy and very cold. Highs will be in the lower teens. Wind chills will be near -10 degrees.

Hello, West Michigan! Today is literally "calm before the storm." A strong storm is making its way in form the southwest and heading for the Ohio Valley. Well ahead of the system, we'll see some sunshine today, though it will be coming to an end by late afternoon. Clouds move in this evening, then snow begins late as the storm approaches our region. We'll be in the northern periphery of the storm, in a good location for some higher snowfall accumulations.

Forecast models indicate periods of heavy snow are likely overnight, continuing through much of day Sunday. Accumulations between 6 and 10" are possible along/south of I-94, with 4-6" in Allegan, Barry, and Eaton counties, as well as in the Holland, Grand Rapids, and Lansing metropolitan areas.  North of I-96, accumulations should be a little less impressive, on the order of 2-4". It is important to note that the estimations are based on a projected storm track. Movement of the actual track away from the projected track may substantially change the final snow tally. But for now, it looks like we're in for a sizable snow.

In addition to the snowfall, a gusty wind will cause blowing and drifting snow. Visibility on our roads may be as poor as near-zero from time to time Sunday. Travel is certainly not encourged. Much colder air arrves Sunday, so in addition to problems posed by the blowing and drifting heavy snowfall, wind chills will be dropping below zero.

Most of West Michigan is under a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY,effective from 7 pm Saturday through 6 am Monday. The counties bordering Indiana will be under a WINTER STORM WARNING from 7 pm Saturday through 4 am Monday.

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