An approaching storm will bring showers and thunderstorms to West Michigan this weekend. Dry air over the region will delay the start of the rain reaching the ground. The heaviest rain will likely fall north of a warm front that will move into Lower Michigan from the south. The Grand Rapids National Weather Service issued a Flood Watch for much of West Michigan from 2 PM Saturday until 11 AM Monday. The front will usher in warm air and provide the instability needed for thunderstorm development. The risk for severe storms stays to the west of Michigan but a few stronger storms are still possible. With the heavy rain 1 to 3 inches may fall. The rivers are already at elevated levels and the additional rainfall will aggravate the situation.
As the wet weather impacts West Michigan, review these flood safety tips:
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Afternoon highs will likely climb into the upper 60s and lower 70s Saturday afternoon. After this storm passes by cold air will once again slide into the region for the start of next week. The cold air will bring a mix of rain and snow for Monday and Monday night. A couple inches of wet snow are possible with lows dipping in to the 20s next week.
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 wet 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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