GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Every winter has its “coldest of the season” temperatures. This was the weekend for that.
Snow showers were widespread early Saturday, becoming confined mainly to the lakeshore by the afternoon. Snow totals through Saturday were highest along the shore.
Strong winds moved in through the day Saturday. Intermittent blizzard conditions were possible, especially Saturday afternoon, with gusts in the 30 mph range inland and 40-50 mph range along the lakeshore.
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The strong wind also produced extremely cold wind chill temperatures of -15 to -25 below zero Saturday afternoon. They may have even reached 30 below Saturday night. Actual temperatures fell from the teens early Saturday morning to near zero by sunset.
Sunday will be brutally cold, but at least relatively snow-free (except along the lakeshore) with sunshine and a much lighter wind.
Two records will likely be set in Grand Rapids. The current low for Feb. 15 is -7 below and the record coldest high temperature is 10 above. We should eclipse both of those Sunday with a forecast low of -10 below and a high near 7 above.
The cold will stick around through next week and likely beyond. Even though we are in the final third of winter it may turn out to be the harshest third.