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Winter in April

Becky Vargo • Apr 15, 2018 at 9:35 AM

Wind gusting up to 45 mph toppled trees around West Michigan, including one Saturday morning at the Bella Mia Bed & Breakfast in Spring Lake.

Trees and branches also fell on power lines, causing temporary road closures in Grand Haven and Crockery townships on Saturday.

Shortly before 10 p.m., freezing rain hit the lakeshore and contributed to a number of slide-offs and crashes around Ottawa County.

A Coopersville fire truck responding to one of those crashes rolled over at Cleveland and 68th Avenue at about 11:10 p.m. Saturday.

Four people suffered minor injuries in that crash, according to Ottawa County Central Dispatch. Wright-Tallmadge and Crockery Township firefighters were requested to respond to all Coopersville incidents following the fire truck crash.

Earlier in the day, residents along West Spring Lake Road in Ferrysburg and Spring Lake Township were without power for almost an hour. A Grand Haven Board of Light and Power outage map showed scattered outages affecting about 42 customers in the City of Grand Haven and 10 customers in Ferrysburg as of 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

There was no online indication as to when the BLP would have power restored to those customers.

Consumers Energy also reports scattered outages in the Tri-Cities areas affecting a few hundred customers. The biggest areas are along North Fruitport Road and Kelly Street in Spring Lake Township and on Black Lake Road and Quarterline Road north of Pontaluna in Muskegon County. 

Consumers Energy is showing that all customers in the area will be restored by 11 p.m. Sunday.

Just before 10 p.m. Saturday, Grand Haven Township firefighters reported a power outage in the area of 160th Avenue between Fillmore and Pierce streets, because of tree down on a power line.

The National Weather Service said more bad weather is expected.

This morning the major early spring storm will continue with gusty winds, freezing rain, sleet and some snow, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids. The combination of gusty winds and ice accumulations up to one third of an inch will lead to serious travel hazards and also increase the number of power outages already occurring. The freezing rain will change to rain near and south of I-96 by midday but is expected to continue into later afternoon north of I-96. Areas north of I-96 will continue to see major impacts from this storm into late afternoon as a result of frozen precipitation not ending until late afternoon.

Sunday night the precipitation will change to snow after midnight but accumulations should be light.

Monday through Saturday

Snow showers are expected into Tuesday morning. Some accumulations are possible near and west of US-131. This could impact the morning and evening commutes on Monday and the morning commute Tuesday.

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