Winter Weather Advisory issued as temperatures drop

Grand Haven, Lake Michigan
The pier at Grand Haven on Jan. 8, 2018.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — After four days of thaw, the Arctic air is once again going to swing back into West Michigan starting Thursday night.

An incoming cold front will tank temperatures, transitioning us from rain to sleet and snow Friday night.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Montcalm, Ionia, Allegan, Barry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties from Friday night into Saturday morning because of the risk of slick roads.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for slick roads with the coming freeze

Earlier Thursday, Grand Rapids and Muskegon broke their record high temperatures for this date. Grand Rapids came in at 57 degrees, breaking the old record high of 55 set back in 1980. Muskegon tied the old record of 56 degrees on Thursday which was previously set in 2012.

High temperatures recorded January 11th, 2018

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The rapid plunge in temperatures will happen Thursday night as a strong cold front swings through the area. This will scour out the 50s and usher in temperatures in the 20s.

Forecast temperatures as the Arctic air returns

The potential flash freeze combined with lingering snow and freezing rain will put you driving skills to the test Friday morning, especially in areas from Grand Rapids to the south and east.

Map: Futurecast predictions for 7 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.

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This incoming Arctic air will hold over the weekend. Very little snowfall is expected though, with a northerly wind keeping most of the lake-effect snow offshore.

Chart: Forecasted high temperatures through Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.

This next cold shot will not be as extensive as the previous one; temperatures will not dip as low and the frigid conditions won’t last as long. We will end January with above-average temperatures that may bleed into the beginning of February.

Map: The 8-14 day temperature outlook across the U.S.

The cold air sticks around all next week, though snow chances aren’t significant aside from lake-effect snow.

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