The freezing rain has started across West Michigan. The Grand Rapids National Weather Service has expanded the Winter Weather Advisory for freezing rain and sleet to include most of the region. The advisory is in effect until 7 PM Friday. The forecast for the heaviest accumulations are for the central counties between M-20 to I-96 where the ice could accumulate up to a quarter of an inch. Snow is likely for the northern most counties but a thin coating of ice, up to a tenth of an inch is possible. The southern counties should see primarily rain. Some power outages are possible. Travel could be tricky for much of Friday, especially on the side roads.
An even stronger storm will push across Michigan Saturday night into Sunday. Once again there is the threat for more sleet and freezing rain.
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 storm 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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