Weather roller coaster

Get ready for a late-winter weather roller coaster ride.
Mark Brooky
Mar 11, 2014

A taste of spring early this week will give way to falling temps, snow and below-zero wind chills. Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski reported Tuesday that a winter storm is taking shape across the Lower Midwest, and it will track into the Northeast and eastern Canada on Wednesday and Thursday.

"The storm will drop a swath of substantial snow along the cold side of its path, threatening to cause yet another round of disruptions to travel and daily routines," she wrote. "Parents should prepare for a day or two of school cancellations in the areas hit the hardest. The corridor from northern Illinois to northern New England has the greatest potential of being targeted by the substantial snow."

The southern part of Michigan may get brushed with the storm, but it appears West Michigan will just get cold, wind and a little snow.

Here's WZZM-TV Chief Meterologist George Lessens' forecast:

Tuesday night will be cloudy with periods of light rain, changing to snow after midnight. Snowfall amounts will range from less than 1 inch over the northwest counties to a possible 6-plus inches along and south of I-94/I-69. Temperatures will fall into the upper teens to lower 20s north and low-to-mid 20s elsewhere. Winds will be north increasing to 8-16 mph inland and to 10-20 mph along the Lakeshore. Wind chills will be in the teens.

Wednesday will be cloudy with periods of light snow tapering off later in the day. Temperatures will be falling into the mid to upper teens north to mid 20s south. Winds will be north at 10-20 mph. Wind chills will be in the single digits.

Wednesday night will become clear and much colder with temperatures falling to between zero and 5 above. Winds will be north at 8-16 mph, diminishing from the west to 4-8 mph. Wind chills will range from 8 below to 14 below.

Thursday will be mostly sunny and cold with temperatures in the mid to upper 20s. Winds will increase from the southwest to 10-18 mph inland and south-southwest at 12-25 mph along the Lakeshore. Wind chills will be in the lower teens.

Friday through Monday will be partly to mostly sunny. Temperatures will be in the mid 40s Friday, mid 30s Saturday, low 30s Sunday and mid 20s Monday.

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