High wind warning

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:24 AM

The warning area includes Ottawa, Montcalm, Gratiot, Kent, Ionia, Clinton, Allegan, Barry, Eaton, Ingham, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun and Jackson counties.

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids said power outages and downed tree limbs are possible overnight. Travel may become difficult travel, especially for high-profile vehicles.

Lake-effect snow showers could impact travel along the Lakeshore on Saturday and Sunday.

A winter storm warning is in effect for Muskegon County and northward from 7 tonight until 1 p.m. Saturday. Rain is expected to change over to snow this evening. Snowfall rates of around a half-inch per hour will be possible at times this evening. Total accumulations of 2-5 inches can be expected through Saturday morning, with locally higher amounts toward the Whitehall area.

Muskegon County will also see high winds of up to 60 mph along the shoreline, causing blowing and drifting snow.

The forecast for the Grand Haven area:

Overnight: Rain before 10 p.m., then snow. Some thunder is also possible. Low around 30. Blustery, with a north-northwest wind 16-19 mph increasing to 26-29 mph. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Today: Snow showers. High near 34. Breezy, with a west-northwest wind at 21-24 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.

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