Hazardous weather expected this weekend

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook warning for coastal Michigan, to include Ottawa and Muskegon counties.
Tribune Staff
Jan 10, 2014

Friday night and into Saturday morning freezing rain is anticipated. More than a half inch of rain is expected tonight. Roads that are still snowpacked will become extremely slippery.

Heavier rain showers this evening may lead to ponding of water on roads especially where snow drains are blocked by ice and snow.

Fog could become dense leading to hazardous travel conditions. 

Saturday through Thursday, rising river levels could potentially lead to ice break up and ice jams.

The combination of the rain and melting snow could result in rises on area streams and rivers. Temperatures are such that melt will occur for several days, before temperatures significantly fall Monday night to below freezing.

The current snow pack across southwest lower Michigan ranges in depth between 8 and 16 inches. The water equivalent of the snow pack is estimated between 1 and 2 inches.  Frost depths are between 4 and 7 inches. This combination may result in rises on area streams with the potential for flooding along some rivers.

Residents along area streams and in low lying flood-prone areas should continue to closely monitor this developing weather system and be alert for the possibility of flooding this weekend and extending into next week until colder temperatures return.


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