Storm Team 8 Forecast

Partly Cloudy
LOW: 0
WINDS:  SW 5-10 mph

SUNRISE  7:21 a.m.
SUNSET   6:30 p.m.

Partly sunny and cool tomorrow
Light snow likely on Sunday, 1-3″ (heaviest south)
Sloppy and Icy mix Tuesday, including some freezing rain and rain

WEEKEND   We’ll have another cold night with lows near zero (-10 in cold spots, +5 at Lake Michigan).  Tomorrow will be partly sunny and pleasant with light winds.  Main roads will be in good shape.  It will be on the cool side, with afternoon temperatures only in the low 20s and sothwst to south winds at 5-10 mph.  Clouds increase Saturday night.  Sunday we’ll see light snow with accumulations higher as you go south.  2-3″ will fall south of I-94, maybe an inch (two at the most) for Kent Co. and just a dusting up towards US 10.  There will be slick spots on the roads on Sunday.  Temperatures Sunday will reach the mid-upper 20s.  Winds will be southwest at only 5-10 mph, so no significant drifting is expected.

EARLY NEXT WEEK  Monday should be a nice day, partly sunny with light winds and a high of 30.  Tuesday, a storm system comes right up into Lower Michigan.  This will bring us a mix of precipitation starting late Monday night.  That may start as snow, go over to sleet and freezing rain, then change to rain during the day Tuesday as we briefly get into a little warmer air.  Temperatures may rise to the low 40s in Battle Creek, mid-upper 30s in Grand Rapids and low 30s in Ludington.  Roads could be quite slippery for a period of time, esp. to the northwest of Kent County.

LOOKING AHEAD   Colder air will pour back in Tuesday evening.  Watch for icy spots Tuesday night and Wednesday.  We’ll see snow showers and temperatures in the low-mid 20s Wednesday and mid-upper teens on Thursday.  Temperatures will stay cooler than average for the first week (and maybe the first two weeks) of March.

Check out Bill’s Blog.  Bill is tracking the likelihood of this being the coldest February EVER in Grand Rapids.  He’s also tracking ice buildup on the Great Lakes (up to 85.5% ice cover!).  He’s also got more on the long-range outlook into March and there’s a link to a really cool pic. that shows the Northern Lights, a lenticular cloud, and red clouds lit by a volcano…all in one real picture.