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Update: Winter weather advisory extended into Friday

Tribune Staff • Jan 2, 2018 at 5:37 PM

A winter weather advisory for the Lake Michigan shoreline counties has been extended to 7 a.m. Friday.

The National Weather Service said Wednesday afternoon that lake-effect snow was making travel conditions difficult from Ottawa County north to the Ludington area. Snowfall rates of around an inch per hour were falling at times under the heavier bands, with visibilities down to near zero at times.

The heaviest snow will be along and west of U.S. 31 from Muskegon to Ludington, with much less farther inland. Variable conditions are expected.

Some blowing and drifting of the snow is also expected.

Temperatures will bottom out in the single digits along the lakeshore, but could go as low as minus 15 inland Friday night and minus 8 Saturday night, WZZM-TV says.

Thursday through Tuesday:

Snow showers will persist into Saturday morning west of U.S. 131 and be heavy at times near the Lake Michigan shore (near and west of U.S. 31). Travel in these areas may become very difficult due to some blowing and drifting and very heavy snowfall rates.

Another storm system could bring significant snow to the area late in the weekend or early next week.

A winter weather advisory for snow and blowing snow means periods of snow and blowing snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

Grand Haven forecast:

Thursday: Snow showers. High near 15. Wind chill values as low as minus 5. North-northeast wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Thursday night: Snow showers. Low around 7. Wind chill values as low as minus 5. North-northeast wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.

Friday: Snow showers. Patchy blowing snow between 11 am and 3 pm. High near 14. North-northwest wind 13 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

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