Winter alerts extended through Wednesday for clipper

Lake Michigan, South Haven
Lake Michigan at South Haven on Dec. 12, 2017.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Get your shovels ready: After areas were hit with lake-effect snow Tuesday, a widespread three to six inches of snow is expected from a clipper system Wednesday.

Much of West Michigan was spared the lake-effect snow on Tuesday, but some areas like Paw Paw saw a whopping 8 inches of snow during the 24-hour period.

A new clipper system will move in quickly Wednesday morning. This fast-moving storm will generate widespread, steady snow.

Map: Incoming clipper system to impact West Michigan Wednesday.

Snow will begin to approach the lakeshore early Wednesday, steadily moving inland through the morning. We are expecting fairly steady snow to last through the afternoon and evening, with some of the biggest impacts during the evening commute. Steady snow can be difficult for snow plows to keep up with. Occasional lulls in snowfall are possible.

Map: By 4 p.m., light to moderate snow will be impacting much, if not all of West Michigan.

This system will bring everyone at least a couple inches of snow. The general forecast is for three to six inches for all of West Michigan. We are expecting slightly less south of I-94 with four to seven inches more likely from Muskegon to Lansing.

Map: General snowfall forecast for Wednesday’s clipper. Totals may be higher from Muskegon to Lansing.

It will be very cold Wednesday with highs in the low 20s and wind making it feel like the single digits or teens.

Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 4 a.m. Thursday for Newaygo, Montcalm, Kent, Barry, Kalamazoo, and Calhoun Counties for accumulating snow and cold. Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for Oceana, Muskegon, Ottawa, Allegan, Van Buren, and Berrien Counties until 4 a.m. for accumulating snow, cold, and low visibilities.

Map: Winter weather alerts extended for incoming snow on Wednesday.

If you have to drive the next few evenings, the National Weather Service encouraging you to pack an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

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What will happen this weekend depends on what forecast model you follow. The models vary on the path of a low that will pass through the Great Lakes. The possible outcomes are anything from snow-melting rain to our first area-wide winter storm.

Stay tuned to 24 Hour News 8 for Storm Team 8’s updates throughout the week.

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