GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — After a warmer than average weekend Arctic air will pour into Michigan starting Tuesday, something that hasn’t happened much this winter.
The more winter-like weather will also generate snow. About 1-3″ is expected widespread with higher amounts possible due to lake effect. Lake ice will likely begin through the week as long as the wind doesn’t break it apart.
Ice cover on Lake Michigan has been down this January compared to Januaries of 2014 and 2015. This year only about 7 percent of the Great Lakes is covered in ice. Lake Michigan has about 9 percent ice cover as of Friday. Last year was the earliest on record ice had formed on the Great Lakes. This year has been one of the latest on record.
Photographers like Tony Reidsma have been taking advantage of the mild weather to head to the lakeshore. He took this gorgeous interactive panoramic video of Tunnel Park, north of Lake Macatawa.
Throughout the tour, “+” signs appear that, if clicked, will launch you to different views around the pier.