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Winds gust to near 60 mph in Grand Haven

Alex Doty • Dec 5, 2017 at 8:01 PM

Winds have been whipping around the Grand Haven area since Monday, and the West Michigan lakeshore was under a wind advisory until Tuesday evening.

“There were some (downed tree limbs), but it wasn’t as much as you’d think,” Grand Haven Public Works Director Derek Gajdos said Tuesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of 58 mph in the Grand Haven area early Tuesday morning and in the Muskegon area in the afternoon.

The temperature fell from a record high of 61 in Muskegon on Monday to 32 by sunset Tuesday afternoon. It was still 58 shortly before midnight, before the winds kicked up and a cold front blew in.

While they didn’t have to deal with many branches, city crews had one weather-related task that kept them busy Tuesday.

“The biggest impact has been along Harbor Drive with the sand migration,” Gajdos said. “We’ve been down there constantly all day, and we will keep an eye on it.”

The Grand Haven Board of Light & Power also noted that the impact from the wind has been minor, with only eight reported outages as of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service office in Grand Rapids issued a winter weather advisory to begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday through 4 p.m. Thursday. According to the advisory, snow showers will become widespread late Wednesday and continue into Thursday afternoon, with the heaviest snow occurring over Allegan and Van Buren counties.

The weather bureau says we should plan on slippery roads, especially during the Thursday morning commute, with travel conditions being locally worse under stronger bands of snow. Total snow accumulations of 2-4 inches are expected, with locally higher amounts.

Grand Haven forecast

Tuesday night: A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Breezy, with a west wind 24 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph.

Wednesday: Snow showers likely, mainly after 5 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. Breezy, with a west wind 21 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.

Wednesday night: Snow showers. Low around 25. Blustery, with a west northwest wind 13 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.

Thursday: Snow showers, mainly before 2 p.m. High near 31. Northwest wind 10 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.

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