WEST MICHIGAN (Feb. 20, 2014) — A wide variety of weather will affect West Michigan from Thursday morning into Friday. Some of the primary concerns include:
- A mix of snow & freezing rain early, causing some slick road conditions
- Heavy rain & snowmelt contributing to localized flooding issues, especially where drainage is poor
- Isolated thunderstorms, mainly south of I-96
- Rain increasing the weight of snow on roofs, risking possible damage or collapse
- Wind gusts of 40-50+ miles per hour Thursday night and Friday, creating the chance of power outages
- Cold air returning Thursday night, freezing up wet or slushy roads
FOX 17 Meteorologist Jon Shaner & traffic reporter Robb Westaby will be posting updates throughout the morning on the live blog below. For more on the forecast, including interactive radar, check out the Weather page.
Wayland Public Schools will release students 15 minutes early today due to the weather.
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There seems to be a general opinion that we didn’t forecast snow as part of this morning’s weather. This image is from FOX 17 Morning News on Wednesday:
What's this? An image from yesterday's morning news? Who's that guy showing you a mix of wet snow changing to rain? pic.twitter.com/cJh5Qq6SSQ
— Jon Shaner (@JonShaner) February 20, 2014
Newaygo Public Schools closing early due to power outage, per Superintendent Peggy Mathis.
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From our Facebook page, viewer Birdie Wester Hollie post this photo of her family’s deck, collapsed from wet snow in Saugatuck.
A pole barn with horses inside has collapsed: Click Here.
First band moving out/letting up in many spots… snow changing to rain around Kalamazoo & Battle Creek. 11AM update:
CITY SKY/WX TMP DP RH WIND PRES REMARKS BATTLE CREEK LGT RAIN 34 30 85 E17G25 29.74F FOG WCI 23 BENTON HARBOR CLOUDY 35 34 96 SE14G24 29.65F FOG WCI 26 BIG RAPIDS CLOUDY 37 30 75 E10 29.79F WCI 30 COLDWATER LGT SNOW 33 32 96 E20G25 29.74F WCI 22 FREMONT FLURRIES 35 31 85 E13G22 29.77F WCI 27 HOLLAND CLOUDY 35 32 88 E25 29.71F WCI 23 GRAND RAPIDS LGT SNOW 34 33 96 E26G33 29.75F FOG WCI 21 IONIA LGT SNOW 33 32 96 E20G26 29.80F VSB 3/4 WCI 21 KALAMAZOO LGT RAIN 35 32 88 E15G23 29.72F FOG WCI 25 LUDINGTON RAIN 37 34 90 E14 29.77F WCI 28 MARSHALL LGT SNOW 32 31 94 E13G20 29.75F WCI 22 MOUNT PLEASANT CLOUDY 36 27 72 E9 29.84F WCI 29 MUSKEGON LGT SNOW 36 30 79 E16G24 29.74F WCI 26 SOUTH HAVEN CLOUDY 35 33 90 E16G28 29.67F WCI 26
FOX 17 viewer Joe Barney posted a video on our Facebook page with thundersnow in southwest Michigan. This link should take you to the moment in the video when the thunder begins: Click here.
Already a couple of minor power outages reported around metro Grand Rapids. Likely to see more as winds continue to pick up later today and tonight.
Urban flash flooding could become a problem in Kalamazoo today. Are you seeing flooding? Let us know where.
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SCHOOL CLOSING: Head Start-Montcalm County. Tri county only no P.M. class
BATTLE CREEK HVY SNOW 33 30 88 E13G18 29.80F VSB 1/4 WCI 24 BENTON HARBOR LGT RAIN 34 32 92 E18 29.69F FOG WCI 23 BIG RAPIDS CLOUDY 37 31 80 SE16G23 29.82F WCI 27 COLDWATER LGT SNOW 34 32 93 SE12 29.81R WCI 25 FREMONT CLOUDY 36 32 84 E9G16 29.80F WCI 29 HOLLAND LGT RAIN 34 32 92 E18G26 29.76F FOG WCI 23 GRAND RAPIDS LGT SNOW 37 31 78 SE28 29.82F WCI 25 IONIA LGT SNOW 34 29 81 SE16G25 29.85F WCI 24 KALAMAZOO RAIN 34 31 88 E15G23 29.78F FOG WCI 24 LUDINGTON LGT RAIN 35 33 91 SE10 29.82F WCI 28 MARSHALL SNOW 32 30 94 E8 29.82F VSB 1/2 WCI 24 MOUNT PLEASANT CLOUDY 34 32 92 CALM 29.89F FOG MUSKEGON LGT RAIN 37 29 72 E12 29.79F WCI 29 SOUTH HAVEN LGT SNOW 35 32 90 SE18G26 29.71F WCI 24
Battle Creek went from a sleet/rain mix with thunder to heavy, wet snow in the span of 10-15 minutes. This is crazy.
Analysis from the NWS office in Grand Rapids: “Definitely seeing a trend that precipitation may start quickly as rain/freezing rain, but change over to very wet snow -seems like it is occurring pretty quickly… Still not completely out of the threat for some freezing rain.”
Sleet & freezing rain reported by Todd in Coldwater.
Thunder reported by Joanie in Schoolcraft.
Expect the possibility of an icy glaze on any surface where rain is falling.
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Rain picking up in the SW corner of the state, still a chance it may mix w/ freezing rain as it spreads northward. http://tribwxmi.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/645am.png?w=640
Good morning! Jon here. A busy morning, but will post as much as possible. Don’t forget we’re streaming the show live until 9AM.