After a very warm Saturday, a strong storm will move into the Great Lakes Saturday night and Sunday. The Grand Rapids National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for all of West Michigan from 10 PM Saturday to 11 AM Sunday. The freezing rain will move into the area from south to north this overnight. Some sleet may mix in with the freezing rain as well. Ice accumulations from 0.1” to locally 0.3” will be possible. Exposed surfaces such as cars, bridges and vegetation are most at risk for the ice accumulations. The ice is the greatest concern around Grand Rapids. The snow should be confined to regions to the north and west of the city. Scattered power outages are possible as the ice accumulates on the trees and power lines.
See the slideshow on the left for a few forecast weather maps for the storm.
The Grand Rapids National Weather Service wants any weather reports as well as any pictures you may have.
You can send then 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 also report your snowfall totals and post pictures to it at: NWS Grand Rapids Facebook Page
With this weather system, comes the opportunity to share what type of precipitation you observe. The National Severe Storms Laboratory is conducting a research project for Precipitation Identification Near the Ground (PING). They are looking for volunteers to report the type of precipitation they observe. There even created smart phone apps that allow you to submit reports!
You can view the reports you send online at http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/projects/ping/display/.
Please visit the following links to learn more about the PING project:
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