An area of high pressure that recently kept our weather quiet will move east and allow a strong storm to move into the state. The initial part of the storm will bring mixed precipitation with snow up north, and freezing rain to the south Tuesday night into the morning commute on Wednesday. Accumulating ice will be the biggest issue overnight and into the morning on Wednesday. The ice has the potential to bring down trees and power lines resulting in scattered power outages. A few thunderstorms are also possible with this system. Warm air will then slide into the state changing all the precipitation to rain during Wednesday afternoon. The Grand Rapids National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for part of West Michigan from 10 PM Tuesday until 7 PM Wednesday.
The storm is still in the developing stages and a minor change in the track will translate into big changes in the observed weather. Behind the storm cold air returns with snow showers possible Wednesday night.
The slideshow on the left has a few weather maps for the approaching storm.
Before you head out to travel around West Michigan, check out the live West Michigan Weather conditions and live lakeshore weather
As the wind starts to blow and the snow begins to pile up across portions of the area, the Grand Rapids National Weather Service wants any wind, snowfall reports and pictures you may have.
You can send then your snowfall 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 on it at: NWS Grand Rapids Facebook Page
Make sure you are prepared this winter by reading these winter weather safety tips:
Cold weather and hypothermia
Winter Weather Safety Tips for home and car
Winter Survival Kits
Preparing your home for winter emergencies
How snow and cold may affect your health
Understanding winter weather terms
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