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Mixed precipitation and hazardous travel for Thursday

2 PM Wednesday forecast weather map
2 PM Wednesday forecast weather map
NOAA

A storm traveling toward the Great Lakes will bring a variety of winter weather to West Michigan. The biggest hazard will be the potential for freezing rain on Thursday. The Grand Rapids National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the counties along and north of I-96. Freezing rain should develop early Thursday morning across the region. The precipitation will drift northward during the day. A tenth to a quarter of an inch of freezing rain may lead to hazardous travel during the day. Power outages are possible from the ice accumulations and breezy conditions.

Winter Weather Advisory
Winter Weather Advisory
NOAA

As the storm passes by a few thunderstorms are possible Thursday night into Friday morning. Behind this storm, as the cold air wraps in, a few light snow showers may develop with minor accumulations by Saturday morning.

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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