A very strong storm is moving across Michigan today. The precipitation started off as rain but is changing to snow across the area. Temperatures will quickly fall below freezing as the front passes by and the cold air invades the region. The rapidly falling temperatures behind the cold front will cause the water on the roads to freeze leading to a treacherous morning commute. Strong wind associated with this disturbance will gust to near 40 mph by the lake shore and around 35 mph inland. The snow and blowing snow will reduce visibilities adding to the travel problems. The Grand Rapids National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Mason, Lake, Oceana, Newaygo, Muskegon, Ottawa, Kent, Allegan, Barry, Van Buren, and Kalamazoo counties until 1 AM Wednesday. Snowfall amounts will range from 5-8 inches for the northern counties and 3-6 inches elsewhere. They also issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Osceola, Clare, Mecosta, Isabella, Montcalm, Gratiot, Ionia, Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Calhoun and Jackson counties from 7 AM until 7 PM Tuesday where 1-4 inches will likely fall.
See the slideshow on the left for a few forecast weather maps for the storm.
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