Winter storm warning extended

(UPDATED: 12:30 p.m.) The winter storm warning for the West Michigan Lakeshore has been extended until 5 a.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service says heavy snow showers and blowing snow will continue along the Lakeshore counties, including Ottawa County, this afternoon and into the overnight hours.
Mark Brooky
Jan 3, 2012

The weather bureau said at around noon today that snowfall this afternoon, tonight and early Tuesday will total an additional 3-7 inches; bringing storm total snowfall amounts into the 6- to-12-inch range in many areas.

Wind gusts of around 40 mph will remain possible along the Lakeshore into this evening, resulting in considerable blowing and drifting snow.

Impacts:

— Occasional whiteout conditions will continue today.

— Travel will likely be difficult along the entire West Michigan Lakeshore through the day and night.

A wind gust of 59 mph was reported at South Haven at 11:35 a.m. Sunday and a gust of 53 mph was reported in Muskegon at 12:15 p.m.

Snowfall totals in Kalamazoo as of early today ranged from 5-7 inches. Eight inches was reported near Baldwin shortly before 11 this morning and 3 inches was reported near Coopersville at 9:20 a.m.

Grand Haven and Spring Lake public schools were scheduled to be closed today. Spring Lake Parish School was scheduled to resume classes today, but it is closed because of the weather.

Here's the forecast for the Grand Haven area:

This afternoon: Snow showers. High near 28. Blustery, with a north-northwest wind around 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of around 4 inches.

Tonight: Snow showers, mainly before 1 a.m. Low around 17. Blustery, with a north- northwest wind between 22 and 28 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.

Tuesday: Scattered snow showers before 1 p.m., then a chance for flurries. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. Northwest wind between 10 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

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