WEST MICHIGAN — It will NOT be as cold as two weeks ago, but the Arctic plunge will soon be seeping in to the Great Lakes. We’ll feel the cold air overnight and over the next few days.
Temperatures will range between about 10 and 15 degrees the next few days, but wind chills will be running below zero. Again, not the -20 to -30 we experienced with the last Arctic blast. The possibility exists for some heavy lake-effect snow across northwest Indiana and in to Chicago tonight through Tuesday, so travel to/from the windy city is not advised.
The next widespread snow that comes in to play for Michigan occurs on Wednesday where a low pressure area will deliver about one to three inches. There could be some higher amounts north/west of Grand Rapids with a southwest wind and some lake enhancement, otherwise look for slippery conditions to develop since salt is somewhat ineffective below 17 degrees.
Winds really ramp up Friday and Saturday ahead of our next weather system. Snow will develop Friday night and we could be looking at 1″-3″, perhaps 2″-4″ with very windy conditions. Afterwards, another punch of Arctic air is expected to slide in to the Great Lakes and reinforce the cold temperatures again for Sunday and the beginning of next week.
The attached photo was a beautiful panoramic shot submitted by Heather VandeVusse in Holland. My apologies, I had to squish it a bit for this post but what a great shot. You can send your weather photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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