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Snow, wind and bitter cold for West Michigan

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A powerful Alberta clipper swept across the state on Sunday. Behind this system, a strong wind from the northwest produced lake effect snow showers. The Grand Rapids National Weather Service continues the Winter Weather Advisory for all of West Michigan until 7 PM Monday. A general 1 to 3 inches of fresh snow with the highest readings along the lakeshore. The wind will is very gusty from the west causing some blowing and drifting of the fresh snow. From the Grand Rapids National Weather Service: “Travel will remain very hazardous and in some cases nearly impossible as snow drifts in excess of four feet will make some north south roads impassable today and tonight.”

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The other big weather headline for the next few days will be the brutal cold. The Grand Rapids National Weather Service issued a Wind Chill Warning for all of West Michigan from 4 PM Monday until 7 AM Wednesday. Air temperatures dip into the single numbers and even below zero for morning low temperatures. Afternoon “highs” will only climb into the single numbers. A strong wind from the west should force wind chill readings down to -20° to -30°. The extreme cold very short frostbite times will likely create more business and school closures.

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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