Wind advisory through late tonight

A wind advisory is in effect for Ottawa, Muskegon, Mason, Oceana and Allegan counties until 11 tonight.
Mark Brooky
Jan 18, 2013

The National Weather Service said southwest winds of 20-30 mph will blow this evening, with gusts in the 40-45 mph range.

The highest winds will occur close to Lake Michigan, between South Haven and Ludington, through mid-evening.

Impacts:

— High-profile vehicles traveling along U.S. 31 will experience notable gusts.

— Loose items in the yard may be around by the wind.

— Winds this strong can make driving difficult. Use extra caution.

The forecast for the Grand Haven area:

·  Late this afternoon: A 40 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. Windy, with a south-southwest wind around 36 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph.

·  Tonight: A chance of snow before 8 p.m., then a slight chance of rain and snow between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., then a slight chance of rain after 2 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Windy, with a southwest wind 29 to 34 mph decreasing to 20 to 25 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

·  Saturday: A slight chance of rain before 2 p.m., then a slight chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. Southwest wind 15 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

·  Saturday night: A slight chance of rain and snow before 8 p.m., then snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Breezy, with a west-northwest wind 18 to 23 mph increasing to 24 to 29 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.

·  Sunday: Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 21. Blustery, with a west-northwest wind 14 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.

·  Sunday night: Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 14. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New snow accumulation of around 4 inches.

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