Ice and blowing snow create hazardous road conditions

Rain followed by falling temperatures is creating hazardous driving conditions in parts of Michigan and prompting some school closings, as well as many vehicle slide-offs and minor crashes in Northwest Ottawa County.
Cheryl Welch
Feb 19, 2013

 

The National Weather Service office in Grand Rapids says snow and blowing snow will keep roads slippery.

Emergency officials are urging people to drive slowly and with great care if they must be out and about. Road crews are out in force all over Ottawa County as the blowing wind creates drifts and near white-outs at times

A winter weather advisory for Ottawa County is in effect until 1 a.m. Wednesday. And 3-5 inches of snow accumulation is expected in the Grand Haven area overnight.

Westerly winds of 30-40 mph will create blowing and drifting snow, and wind chills in the single digits. Periods of near-blizzard conditions are possible through mid-afternoon. Visibility will be reduced to less than a mile at times in moderate snowfall and blowing snow.

The forecast for the Grand Haven area:

Today: Snow showers likely before 10 a.m., then snow showers with areas of blowing snow after 10 a.m. Temperature falling to around 21 by 4 p.m. Breezy, with a west-northwest wind 21 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of around 4 inches.

Tonight: Snow showers with areas of blowing snow. Low around 15. Wind chill values as low as minus 1. Blustery, with a northwest wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.

Wednesday: Snow showers likely, mainly before 1 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 24. Wind chill values as low as zero. Northwest wind around 17 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of less than 1 inch possible.

 

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