Lake-effect snow machine stuck 'on'

Tribune Staff • Dec 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM

It’s been snowing for several days along the West Michigan Lakeshore, and more is on the way.

A winter weather advisory for snow is in effect from noon today until noon Friday for Ottawa County, with additional accumulations of 3-6 inches expected. Some areas could see as much as 8 inches, the National Weather Service office in Grand Rapids says.

Muskegon County has a winter storm warning for the same time period, with 8-10 inches of snow expected.

Plan on slippery road conditions, including during the morning commute on Friday, and be prepared for reduced visibilities.

On top of all of the snow, it’s been very cold.

Early Wednesday, West Michigan woke up to the coldest air in nearly two years. Many inland areas saw temperatures plunge below zero.

Grand Rapids broke the daily record Wednesday for coldest low temperature, bottoming out at minus 12. The old record for Dec. 27 was minus 5, set back in 1993.

The last time it was this cold in December in Grand Rapids was during a historic cold snap back in 1989.

Muskegon dropped to 8 early Wednesday, a far cry from the record for Dec. 27 of minus 2 set in 1969.

Temperatures are expected to slowly moderate in the coming days. However, it's expected to remain cooler than average for at least the next 10 days.

Grand Haven forecast:

Today: Snow showers, mainly after 1 p.m. High near 18. Wind chill values as low as minus 5. Wind out of the east-southeast at 8-13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.

Tonight: Snow showers. Low around 14. Wind chill values as low as zero. South-southeast wind 11-17 mph, becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow accumulation of around 4 inches.

Friday: Snow showers. High near 19. West-northwest wind 13-15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New snow accumulation of less than 1 inch possible.

WZZM-TV and the National Weather Service contributed to this report.

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