*Wednesday’s high temperature of 66 wasn’t a daily record, but it was the fourth warmest February day in Grand Rapids weather history. The daily record for Feb. 22 is 67 set in 1930. The warmest February day was 69 in 1999. Grand Rapids was warmer than San Diego or Las Vegas. The high temp. (in the evening, after sunset) at Muskegon was 61. Afternoon temps. at the Muskegon Beach held in the low 40s.”
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Newaygo, Mecosta and Isabella Counties and counties north of those counties for a mix of rain, snow and maybe a period of freezing rain later tonight into tomorrow AM. Best chance of any slick spots on roads will be north of US 10
Dry through 8 pm
Then Showers developing from W to E across the area
Chance Isolated T-Shower
WINDS: N-NE 5-15 mph
SUNRISE 7:27 a.m.
SUNSET 6:24 p.m.
WHAT WE’RE TRACKING
Rain Develops Tonight, Chance Mix north of White Cloud and Big Rapids
Showers Tomorrow, Chance Thunderstorm
Winter Cold and Snow Return on Saturday
TONIGHT Showers develop across the area this evening. Areas north of White Cloud, Big Rapids and Mount Pleasant could have a period of a mix of freezing rain, though the best bet for that is in Northern Lower Michigan. Lows will be in the upper 30s (low-mid 30s north of Newaygo and low-mid 40s along I-94. Winds will be northnortheast at 5-10 mph, but increasing to 15 mph from the east around daybreak.
TOMORROW A strong storm system will move into Lower Michigan Friday. We could see 1/2″ to 1.5″ of rain from Thursday night into Friday evening, including the chance of thunderstorms with gusty winds. It will likely be the last real warm day of February with temperatures expected well above average, though there should be quite a range of temperatures from the low-mid 60s at the Indiana border to the low-mid 40s along US 10. At this point it appears Grand Rapids will not make it into the warm sector with temperatures remaining in the 40s through the day. Much of West Michigan will fall under either a Slight or Enhanced Risk for Severe Weather. from I-96 to the south.
WEEKEND WEATHER Winter isn’t done yet! We will see much colder air move in for the weekend, with highs in the 30s both days and scattered snow showers. Snow showers will be much more widespread Saturday with just a few flurries expected Sunday.
LOOKING AHEAD Slightly warmer air returns for next week, with highs back in the 40s starting Monday.
Check out Bill’s Blog. Bill has more on the threat of severe storms on Friday and on the long-range outlook into early March.