GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Winter’s return to West Michigan was marked by strong winds and accumulating snow Monday afternoon and evening.
Winds gusted over 50 mph Monday afternoon behind a strong cold front that forced temperatures to drop 15 degrees in a few hours. The Gerald R. Ford Airport recorded a wind gust of 51 mph Monday afternoon. An American Airlines flight was cancelled and several other flights were delayed.
The high winds caused power outages across West Michigan Monday, according to Consumers Energy, but nearly everyone in the region had power back by Tuesday afternoon. There were still outages in the southern and southeastern regions, which were more seriously affected.
Statewide, some 68,000 Consumers customers were affected by outages Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday afternoon, only 6,100 remained without service.
Winds relaxed late Monday night as the snow ramped up. Storm Team 8 forecasted at least one inch of snow for most of West Michigan by Tuesday morning, and it was possible parts of Muskegon, Oceana and Newaygo counties could pick up two to four inches of snow. Heavier snow was likely for northern Michigan overnight.