Another in the long string of powerful cold fronts will sweep across the state Thursday night. Ahead of the cold front, the wind will once again become very gusty from the south at 35mph to 45 mph with some blowing and drifting snow. The snow showers with the next storm should begin across the region by Thursday afternoon. Whiteout to near blizzard conditions are possible as the combination of the wind and falling snow will be make for very hazardous travel. The Grand Rapids National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for all of West Michigan until 10 PM Thursday. Expect a general 1 to 3 inches of fresh snow with the highest readings along the lakeshore north of Muskegon where 3 to 5 inches are possible.
Another disturbance will move across the southern Great Lakes Friday night into Saturday. This time the heaviest snow should stay south of I-96.
It looks like the cold January weather will likely hang around into the first half of February.
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.
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