A strong storm in the southern plains will push toward the Great Lakes. Warm air will surge into West Michigan ahead of this storm. For Thursday morning, a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain could lead to some slick spots on area roads. As the warm air pushes in, the precipitation will change over to all rain and even a few thunderstorms for Thursday afternoon. As the disturbance pushes into Canada, cold air will once again invade, changing the rain back over to snow Thursday night. A very strong wind with gusts near 50mph could cause a few power outages into Friday. With this unsettled weather, the Grand Rapids National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory until 7 PM Friday for all of West Michigan. The snow showers and strong wind could lead to a few travel problems on Friday. Snow showers will likely continue into the weekend.
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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