Lake-effect snow moves into West Michigan

Muskegon State Park, dunes, snow
Snow on the dunes at Muskegon State Park. (Dec. 7, 2017)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The beginning stages of a much colder weather pattern has arrived. Wind chills in the teens early Thursday morning are only part of the story.

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The cold air moving across Lake Michigan has kicked off Southwest Michigan’s first snow event of the season. As of 9 a.m. Thursday, Grand Rapids had received 1.2 inches of snow. Other reports include 3.5 inches of snow in Allendale; 3.4 inches of snow in Grandville; 2.4 inches of snow in Hopkins; 2 inches of snow in Hastings; 1 inch of snow in Fremont; nine-tenths of an inch in Muskegon; and a half-inch of snow in Kalamazoo. More will fall through noon before gradually tapering off by the day’s end.

Map: Snowfall forecast (event total).

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, Kent, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ottawa and Van Buren counties until 4 p.m. Thursday.

Map: Winter weather advisory.

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This first snow event will not be the last in the coming week. A low pressure system is forecast to move through Friday night into early Saturday that will produce snow in areas even away from Lake Michigan.

Map: Early weekend clipper system.

Potentially heavier and more widespread snow will occur with this system. At this point it appears a solid 3-6 inches of snow will fall with the likelihood of more winter weather advisories for Friday night into Saturday. This would be in addition to what we received earlier in the week. Travel conditions will likely deteriorate quickly Friday evening.

Map: Snow forecast through noon Saturday.

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There’s indication this bitter cold air mass will generally stay around through most of December.

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