Lake-effect snow showers, high winds Tuesday morning

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — After an 11-day stretch of mild, dry and snowless weather, snow has moved back into West Michigan.

Accumulations by this (Tue.) evening will vary from an isolated 6″, to only an inch toward Lansing, Jackson and Coldwater

Snow Futurecast for 7 am (Tue.)

Here’s the Snow Futurecast for 7 am. Most areas are getting light to moderate snowfall. We have a west wind at 17 mph – gusts to 30 mph at 7 am and that’s strong enough to cause some drifting snow.

Two-Day Rainfall in West Michigan

This storm system had a one-two punch. The first punch dropped heavy over a large part in our area. The new precipitation was enough for Muskegon to join Grand Rapids in claiming the title of wettest year on record. Other rainfall totals included 2.53″ at Albion, 2.33″ at Saranac, 2.30″ at Lansing, 1.92″ at Marshall, 1.78″ at Croton and 1.77″ at Middleville

Grand River Graph for Comstock Park MI

Many area rivers have come up to bankfull. The Grand River in Comstock Park is expected to come about 9″ above flood stage on Thursday. The Chippewa River at Mt. Pleasant was at flood stage early Tuesday.

After the surge of rain, cold air moved in to take temperatures from the low 50s down to the low 30s, cold enough for snow and cold enough for the snow to stick to the ground. Here’s G.R. Radar and Regional Radar:

Central Great Lakes sector
Regional radar

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Travel could be a bit hazardous this morning near dawn with bands of lake-effect snow showers dominating the morning hours.

Everyone in West Michigan will have to do some shoveling, but those just west of US-131 will have to do the most.

Snow Futurecast

The models have decreased the expected snow amounts a little. The dark blue areas are still supposed to get +3″ of snow with the lighter blue areas maybe an inch. It will be enough to cause slippery spots on the roads.

A Winter Weather Advisory continues in effect until 7 p.m. (Tue.) due to the snow, wind and slippery roads. Conditions should improve closer to midnight as we ring in the new year.

Strong winds have caused some lakeshore flooding. The west wind pushes water toward the Michigan shore, where the water level rises a bit. This causes water to “back up” in the connecting lakes and rivers. There was some minor flooding around Muskegon Lake Monday PM. Waves may climb as high as 6 feet to 12 feet.

Water levels are still high on Lake Michigan that this system could eat away several feet of shoreline.

Lakeshore Flood Advisory
Forecast High Temperatures

Temperatures will return above freezing with 40° and some more rain melting a good portion of our snow later this week.

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