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Snow and wind followed by brutal cold for West Michigan

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A powerful disturbance will slide across the state this weekend bringing some heavy snow to the region. Snow showers will develop along the front Saturday and become heavier and more widespread into Sunday. The Grand Rapids National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for these counties: Montcalm, Ottawa, Kent, Gratiot, Allegan, Ionia, Clinton, Barry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Eaton, Ingham, Calhoun and Jackson. The warning is in effect from 7 PM Saturday until 1 AM Monday. Total snowfall accumulations of 6-10 inches are possible from Saturday evening into Sunday evening.

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Further north, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 4 PM Saturday until 1 AM Monday for these counties: Muskegon, Newaygo, Mecosta and Isabella. Total snowfall accumulations of 3-6 inches are possible from Saturday afternoon into Sunday evening.

The wind becomes gusty from the west and northwest behind this storm. Some lake effect snow showers are likely for the start of next week. The combination of fresh snow and strong wind could create some blowing and drifting of the snow by Monday.

Another blast of arctic air slides into the area early next week. This cold air combined with the strong wind may create dangerous wind chill readings of 20 to 30 degrees below zero. A Wind chill Warning is in effect for all of West Michigan from 7 AM Monday until 7 PM Tuesday.

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/
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