Blank conditions, hazardous travel forecast for West Michigan | Tech US News


GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A batch of heavy lake-effect snow combined with winds up to 45 mph is forecast to create blackout conditions, making driving hazardous in parts of West Michigan today.

Areas near Ludington along the lakeshore are expected to see these conditions first thing Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service. These dangerous conditions are then expected to move into the Grand Rapids area around noon and then south to Kalamazoo around 3 p.m.

“This will be the heaviest snow we’ve seen throughout this event, with inches of snow per hour possible over a roughly 3-hour period anywhere,” NWS forecasters in Grand Rapids said in an updated forecast released this morning.

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“The heavy snow will arrive with wind gusts likely between 35 and 45 mph. Whiteout conditions are expected today along with slippery roads that will create hazardous travel conditions. Lake effect snow will continue throughout the day and most of tonight. Be aware that conditions are going to change quickly today. If your travels can wait, today is a good day to postpone them.”

Forecasters are calling today’s conditions the worst of the storm in several days.

Most of the Lakeshore area and western Michigan are expected to get 4 to 6 more inches of snow today, but spots like Cadillac, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo could see up to 8 more inches, according to the NWS.

Near-zero visibility in some places will make for dangerous driving, but the cold temperatures will mean you’ll want to be careful to cover up your skin when you’re out and about. Wind chills will be very cold.

“Wind gusts of 40 mph or more will result in single-digit wind chills,” according to a Hazardous Weather Outlook released by the NWS this morning. “Conditions will gradually improve from Saturday night into Sunday morning.”


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