The blast of arctic air continues across the Great Lakes today. Air temperatures have bottomed out and will very slowly climb into the single numbers this afternoon. A strong wind from the west will continue the bands of heavy lake effect snow. The strong wind will also produce some blowing and drifting of the snow and near blizzard conditions at times, especially near the lakeshore and in the open areas. Visibilities will be reduce to near zero at times making driving very difficult and even hazardous. The Grand Rapids National Weather Service extended the Winter Storm Warning for the counties along and near near the Lake Michigan shoreline until 7 PM Tuesday. Total additional snowfall accumulations of 1-3 inches are possible in the warning area by Tuesday evening.
The arctic air combined with the strong wind will create dangerous wind chill readings of 20 to 30 degrees below zero. A few locations along I-94 could see wind chill readings of 40 degrees below zero Tuesday Morning. A Wind chill Warning remains is in effect for all of West Michigan until 7 PM Tuesday.
On the flip side West Michigan will break out of the arctic chill and snow by the weekend as temperatures warm into mid and upper 30s with a mixture of both rain and snow.
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.
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