As bad as Friday morning seems, conditions will get even worse as the day progresses. Yet another arctic cold front will sweep across the Great Lakes this weekend with more fresh snow and plunging temperatures into next week. The Grand Rapids National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for the two rows of counties near the lakeshore and Winter Weather Advisory for the remaining counties until 7 AM Saturday.
Ahead of the front on Friday, the wind will be very gusty from the southwest. Falling snow won’t be a problem but the wind picking up and blowing around the fresh snow will reduce visibilities, making driving treacherous at times. Temperatures on Friday will hover in the teens but when you factor in the strong wind, wind chill readings will plunge to -15° to -20°.
As the cold front approaches from the north tonight, fresh snow will fall in the northern counties first and then progress to the south.
Behind the front, the wind becomes more northwesterly producing some additional lake effect snow showers.
Locations in the warning area could see total snowfall accumulations of 4 - 8 inches with the highest totals close to the lakeshore. Locations in the advisory area could see total snowfall accumulations of 2 - 4 inches with the highest totals toward the west. The wind will remain gusty on Saturday causing some additional blowing and drifting of the fresh snow as well as reducing visibilities at times.
Yet another disturbance moves in from the west on Sunday with more snow, wind and cold.
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/
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