Winter weather advisory

(UPDATED: Thursday 4:52 p.m.) A winter weather advisory for blowing and drifting snow remains in effect for Ottawa County through 10 tonight.
Tribune Staff
Jan 29, 2014

The National Weather Service says blowing and drifting snow will impact driving conditions the rest of the afternoon and this evening.

Hazardous weather:

* South winds of 15-30 mph, with gusts over 40 mph, will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow.

* Snow will continue into mid evening, with accumulations of up to 4 inches expected.

* Some freezing drizzle will be possible in the mid to late evening.

Impacts:

* Blowing and drifting snow will limit visibility and cause near whiteouts, especially in open country.

* The snow and blowing snow will cause additional slippery spots on area roadways.

* Periods of heavy snow and slippery roads will combine for very poor travel conditions.

The forecast for the Grand Haven area:

Tonight: Snow showers before 7 p.m., then snow showers, possibly mixed with freezing drizzle between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m., then a slight chance of snow showers after 1 a.m. Low around 17. Breezy, with a southwest wind 23 to 28 mph becoming northwest 13 to 18 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 37 mph.

Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 22. West wind 8 to 10 mph.

Comments

Former Grandhavenite

It's going to be cold and snowy? You don't say...

As frequently as we all complain about people's driving in bad weather, up here we're all professional Formula 1 drivers skillwise in comparison to drivers in the south. The fiasco the other day in Atlanta was caused by literally 1-2 inches of snow in a lot of places.

EINSTEIN

Just curious...if you are a former Grandhavenite, where do you live now and why did you move? I enjoy your posts and your obvious intelligence. Maybe you should move back here and take a position of leadership in Grand Haven.

Former Grandhavenite

Thanks for the kind words! I've always been a fan of your work in the field of relativity, and your chain of bagel/coffee shops is pretty good too ;)

I moved out of the area for a job after graduating from GVSU. I'm an economic statistician, and unfortunately jobs in the field tend to be concentrated in big expensive cities, especially on the east coast which is where I am now. I pretty much knew I'd need to move out of West Michigan to find a job in my field, and just decided that I was willing to relocate anywhere that I could get my foot in the door. I've moved a couple times since to different parts of the country, and career-wise it's been very rewarding.

My parents still live in GH so I make it back pretty often, and I wouldn't be surprised if I eventually move a bit closer- maybe Chicago. GH (and really all of West Michigan) has a lot going for it, with an overall great quality of life and a reasonable cost of living. I didn't appreciate it as much until I saw the contrast with a lot of other areas. Out here you pay $2000+ a month in rent, your car is almost guaranteed to get broken into at some point, and you have to drive a couple hours for a beach as nice and clean as Grand Haven State Park. If it wasn't for all the jobs here I'd be gone in a second.

Between leaning libertarian on most issues of individual rights and being essentially a socialist on economic issues I don't think I could be elected as dog catcher in West Michigan politics... Maybe you should throw your hat into the ring though. There's always a need for good people who are genuinely interested in solving problems and making things work.

Lanivan

Your story is very interesting - thanks for sharing. I, for one, appreciate your approach and intelligent, thought-provoking comments. With any luck, you will continue to find writing on the GHTrib enjoyable, statistically speaking! When we aren't grousing and carping, we are guffawing and giggling....I suspect comments on these pages reflect many different areas of expertise, but a narrow field of political persuasion - it is awesome to have a libertarian, socialist economic statistician join the party!

Former Grandhavenite

Thanks much! I delivered the Trib for my first job as a kid growing up in GH so I've always felt a connection to it. I probably wouldn't be the total news and political junkie that I am if I hadn't had to stare at the front page every afternoon as I folded and rubber banded it. Not sure how I turned into such a misfit politically after all those years in West Michigan though :)

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