Grand Haven area welcomes second snow of the season

For the second time this year, the Tri-Cities area has been blanketed with snow, forcing schools to close and residents to dig out from under it. Local school districts including Grand Haven and Spring Lake public schools were closed today, as were many private schools.
Alex Doty
Jan 13, 2012

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WZZM-TV meteorologist Joe Kopecek said the latest snow system was the result of a storm system coming in from Ontario and cold air over Lake Michigan.

“It’s going to continue to be more of a lake-effect pattern as we go through the rest of the day,” Kopecek said this morning, adding the heaviest snowfall has most likely stopped, but there will be blowing snow later today.

According to Kopecek, areas along the Lake Michigan shore, such as Grand Haven, received about 2-5 inches of snow overnight.

As of this morning, the National Weather Service was forecasting storm totals ranging from 5 to 10 inches by 7 tonight, with winds gusting as high as 40 mph during the day.

Weather experts say this latest round of winter weather will be joined by more snow in the next seven days.

“I see another system coming Saturday, but it is going to be very light if we get anything out of it,” Kopecek said.

After that, Tuesday and Wednesday would be the next best shot for snow.

In addition to closed school, the wintry weather knocked out power to 625 customers in the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power service area this morning.

“We did lose power out in the West Spring Lake Road area,” BLP Administrative Services Manager Renee Molyneux said.

Molyneux said a large pine tree branch weighed down with wet snow hit a line, causing a circuit breaker to fail on VanWagoner Road. Service to customers was restored at 8:05 a.m.

The weather also led to a serious auto crash in Olive Township.

Sgt. Bob Ruster of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department said David Wallace, 38, was critically injured after he was ejected from his car Thursday night. Ruster said the Holland man was driving his car west on Polk Street, near 108th Avenue, when he lost control of his car on the snow-covered road.

Wallace’s vehicle crossed into the eastbound lane, Ruster said, and into the path of a vehicle driven by 59-year-old Marie Grassmid of West Olive. Wallace was not wearing his seat belt and was thrown from his vehicle, and Grassmid was partially pinned inside of her vehicle after the crash.

Both drivers were taken to Holland Hospital for treatment, with Wallace in critical condition and Grassmid in stable condition.

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