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After a January thaw, cold and snow return to West Michigan

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A January thaw brought several days of warm air and rain helping to melt some of the snowpack. West Michigan sees a return to winter weather Tuesday into Wednesday. The Grand Rapids National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the counties along and north of line from Muskegon to Mount Pleasant from 11 AM Tuesday until 1 PM Wednesday. Locations in the advisory could see total snowfall accumulations of 5-9 inches. Areas south of that line will likely observe 2-5 inches of new snow. The wind will increase from the west tonight causing some blowing and drifting of the fresh snow as well as reducing visibilities at times.

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The weather will quiet down by Wednesday afternoon but another disturbance will bring a burst of snow by Wednesday night into Thursday.

While temperatures have been in the upper 30s and lower 40s for the last few days, we dip back below freezing by Wednesday. This cold air will likely hang around for a couple of weeks.

As the winter weather impacts West Michigan, review these winter weather safety tips:

Winter hazards awareness week 2013 - Understanding winter weather terms
Winter hazards awareness week 2013 - How snow and cold may affect your health
Winter hazards awareness week 2013 - Preparing your home for winter emergencies
Winter hazards awareness week 2013 - Winter Survival Kits
Winter hazards awareness week 2013 - Winter Weather Safety Tips for home and car
Winter hazards awareness week 2013 - Cold weather and hypothermia

The slideshow on the top has a few of the forecast weather maps.

Before you head out to travel around West Michigan, check out the live West Michigan Weather conditions and live lakeshore weather.
As this winter weather impacts the area, the Grand Rapids National Weather Service wants any reports you may have.
You can send them your weather reports via their on-line spotter report form. This can be accessed at: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/grr/spotter/
If you “like” their office facebook page, you can submit your reports to it at: NWS Grand Rapids Facebook Page

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