Lake-Effect continues through Friday, could impact another morning commute

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WEST MICHIGAN — Lake-effect snow caused quite a problem in many areas Thursday morning. A heavy lake-effect snow band developed over parts of Ottawa and Muskegon counties dumping snow on areas like Coopersville and Muskegon. Another heavy band sat over Allegan county dropping visibility on US-131 which led to multiple accidents.

The highest snow totals were found near Coopersville where around 9 inches was reported. Even Muskegon broke their daily snowfall record with 5 inches recorded.

As always with lake-effect snowfall the amount of snow is incredibly localized. Some areas like Grandville saw five inches of snow, but just ten miles to the east Grand Rapids recorded only one-inch.

The lake-effect snow will continue Thursday evening and Friday. Snow will be persistent but light overnight before ramping up in intensity just before sunrise. Lake-effect snow could impact the morning commute again especially in the areas along the Lakeshore and US-131. Plan on needing extra time for your commute as drivers adjust to winter driving conditions.

The snow will gradually come to an end through Friday afternoon with additional snow fall totals between one to three inches. Areas prone to heavy lake-effect snow bands like Allegan and Ottawa counties should expect isolated totals above three inches.

By Saturday, snow will hold off for most of the day but a system passes through the Great Lakes late Saturday night and early Sunday bringing widespread chances for snow across West Michigan.

For a complete look at your forecast and the FOX17 Interactive radar: FOX17 Weather

A complete look at your winter weather pictures: First Snow of the Year

 

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