Western's Weather Wrap: Winter Storm Arrives Tonight

Winter Weather Advisory for all of West Michigan

Winter Weather Advisory for all of West Michigan

Late Wednesday, the changing weather will begin with scattered showers, drizzle and fog expanding across Central Iowa.

As of late Monday afternoon, the dark clouds had dropped a few hundredths of an inch in various locales across the county.

Officially, the storm warning goes into effect at 4 p.m. on Friday and continues through 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Falling temperatures, icy road conditions, snowfall of up to 4 inches and limited visibility will make travel conditions hard for both the morning and evening commutes.

Areas along and west of I-65 (Louisville, Elizabethtown, & Bowling Green) are under a Winter Storm Warning. Snow totals will typically be an inch or less for most areas.

Winter Weather Advisory for all of West Michigan
Overnight snow makes for a slow, slippery commute

The second phase sweeps east with with ice and freezing rain than snow Thursday through Saturday night across the Tennessee Valley, Ohio Valley, The Great Lakes and up into the interior Northeast. Thus a period first of sleet and then freezing rain is projected to occur.

There are going to be several hours with temperatures near freezing, which will likely lead to minor ice accumulation. "By Saturday, winds are expected to pick up (gusts to 30 mph) and arctic air will move back into the region after the cold front moves through". By Monday afternoon, the temperature could reach nearly 40 degrees. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches and ice or sleet accumulations of a light glaze are expected. North winds will increase to 15 to 20 miles per hour with gusts as high as 30 miles per hour, so some blowing and drifting snow will develop Friday night.

The weather service urges caution while shoveling.

"Light ice accumulations up to.25" are possible before precipitation changes over to snow.

The normal high for this time of year is 21 degrees, although without wind a sunny day with temps barely above zero seems pleasant after a string of subzero. Saturday afternoon high temperatures only reach 21 degrees.

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