Tricky travel, frigid temps for W. MI Tuesday

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Travels will be hazardous Tuesday as lake-effect snow combines with wind to reduce visibility on roads.

Lake-effect snow is expected to continue Tuesday through Wednesday with a system snow arriving during the day Thursday.

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Christmas day’s record-setting snow of seven inches in Grand Rapids, tied previous record set in 1990, has produced slippery roads area wide. The wind has let up a bit so blowing snow will not be as much of an issue as it was Monday. Lake-effect snow is being generated by some of the coldest air we have had in nearly a year. Snow showers will be lighter Tuesday with an additional 1-3 inches expected along and west of US-131 Tuesday.

Arctic high pressure will reside across the Great Lakes in the days ahead

Snow showers will be lighter today with an additional one to three inches expected along and west of US-131 Tuesday.

Additional snow today

The bitter cold air will produce wind chill temperatures today ranging from -15 to zero. Still very cold Wednesday but a slight improvement with projected wind chill temperatures from -5 to 5 above.

Wind chill temperatures Tuesday 3pm
Wind chill forecast Wednesday at 3pm

This will be the coldest and longest duration cold outbreak that we’ve had since the winter of 2015. Temperatures will remain below twenty degrees for at least the next eight days with some lows forecast below zero.

Forecast high temperatures

With Arctic air remaining entrenched across the Great Lakes that means the lake effect snow will continue to pile up. It will be aided by a system snow that will move in Thursday afternoon and could linger into Friday. Snowfall forecast through the end of 2017 will be robust, possibly approaching a foot in Grand Rapids and more along the lakeshore.

European snowfall forecast through Sunday


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