GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The center of the deep low pressure system responsible for our strong winds is located near Sault Ste. Marie and is moving up into Ontario.
The system has been responsible for a wide variety of challenging weather, including 18 inches of snowfall near Reno, Nevada, blizzard conditions in western Nebraska and 10 tornadoes in Iowa on Wednesday. While we have already experienced our fastest wind gusts, our wind will remain strong tonight and Friday.
Here’s the storm’s timeline:
Wednesday overnight into Thursday morning: Showers and thundershowers brought gusty winds and brief heavy rainfall to West Michigan, along with some power outages.
Thursday: The story today has been the wind. Peak gusts: 59 mph at the White Lake Channel, 56 mph at the Holland Channel, 55 mph at the Muskegon Beach, 54 mph at Jenison High School, 53 mph at Battle Creek and 52 mph at the Ford Airport in Grand Rapids. Thursday was the windiest day since Feb. 24, 2014.
Friday: Strong winds will continue with gusts still expected around 35-40 mph. Waves along Lake Michigan’s shoreline could exceed 10-15 feet leading to some beach erosion. We’ll get a few scattered rain showers and it’s not impossible that a couple spots north of G.R. could see a few snowflakes mixing in. Temperatures Friday will be only in the low-mid 40s.
If you can safely obtain a photo of the storm or any resulting damage, you can send it to us through ReportIt.
The system will be moving out by this weekend. Although breezy conditions are still expected Saturday and Sunday. Sunshine will return this weekend.