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Residents embrace snow storm

Kyle Moroney • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:18 AM

“They loved it,” said their mom, Andrea Thayer. “They made snow angels and snow balls, and went up and down on the slide.”

The Thayer kids — along with many kids in the Tri-Cities — have been waiting anxiously to play in the fluffy white stuff this season.

Parts of Michigan are digging out after a winter storm brought as much as 15 inches of snow, strong winds and hazardous driving conditions.

Some schools in Allegan, Cass and Van Buren counties in the southwestern Lower Peninsula were closed today following the snow, which began Sunday.

The National Weather Service said Allegan County received up to 15 inches of new snow from Sunday through Monday night.

In Ottawa County, Holland was hit the hardest with 10 1/2 inches of snow as of Monday afternoon, according to WZZM-TV meteorologist Aaron Ofseyer. Zeeland saw an 9.5 inches of snow, while northeast Holland saw about 8 inches.

Ofseyer did not have snow totals for the Grand Haven area, but estimated it at about 6 inches.

“It was a highly localized snow band — which is pretty typical for a lake-effect snow event,” Ofseyer said this morning. “This band was so narrow — only about 10-15 miles wide — mainly hitting Allegan County, and western Kalamazoo and Ottawa counties.

“People inland were left wondering what happened?” he added, as the Grand Rapids area received about 3-4 inches of snow. “It was a pretty classic lake-effect event.”

The weather service said a winter storm warning was still in effect today in parts of the northwestern Lower Peninsula — including Gaylord, where at least 8 inches was reported; and Traverse City, where several inches fell.

Tribune reporter Becky Vargo and The Associated Press contributed to this story.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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