Winter storm warning (update)

(UPDATE: Sunday, 5:10 p.m.) A winter storm warning is in effect until 8 p.m. Monday for much of the West Michigan, including the Grand Haven area.
Mark Brooky
Jan 2, 2012

 

The National Weather Service says heavy snow, high winds and blowing snow will intensify tonight, with the potential for up to 8 inches by Monday night for Northwest Ottawa County.

The warning area includes Ottawa, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Muskegon, Allegan, Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties.

Through Monday evening, 6-12 inches of snow accumulation is expected northwest of a line from Whitehall to Reed City, and southwest of a line from Holland to Kalamazoo. Locally higher amounts are possible. Elsewhere, including the Grand Haven area, 4-8 inches of snow is expected.

The high winds will continue through Monday. Wind gusts of around 45 mph can be expected through tonight, causing considerable blowing snow. Higher gusts of up to 60 mph are possible near the the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Impacts:

— Near blizzard conditions will be possible at times.

— Snow-covered to icy road conditions beginning this afternoon will continue through Monday, with blowing snow and falling temperatures.

— Scattered power outages and downed tree limbs are possible Sunday due to very strong winds.

— Driving and walking conditions may become hazardous.

— Slow down and allow extra time when traveling.

The forecast for the Grand Haven:

Tonight: Snow showers and areas of blowing snow. Low around 25. Windy, with a west-northwest wind 23 to 26 mph increasing to 31 to 34 mph. Winds could gust as high as 46 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. Total nighttime snow accumulation of around 4 inches.

Monday: Snow showers and areas of blowing snow. Temperature falling to around 25 by 7 a.m. Windy, with a north-northwest wind at around 33 mph, with gusts as high as 46 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow accumulation of around 4 inches.

Monday night: Snow showers and areas of blowing snow before 1 a.m., then scattered snow showers after 1 a.m. Low around 17. Windy, with a north-northwest wind between 22 and 31 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of around 1 inch.

For up-to-date weather information and closings, tune into WZZM-TV or visit www.wzzm13.com.

Weather preparedness information is available online at www.ready.gov/winter and http://go.usa.gov/5og.

 

 

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