Wintry Mix moves into the West Michigan Thursday
WEST MICHIGAN — After a quiet few days in the Great Lakes region, wintry weather returns Thursday.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for most of West Michigan early Thursday morning through late afternoon in anticipation of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow.
A developing system moving through the Upper Midwest could turn Thursday mornings commute icy as a mixture of all types of wintry precipitation will be possible. Early Thursday morning the chance for light freezing rain will be greatest during the morning rush-hour along and south of the I-96 corridor.
With temperatures so close to freezing it will be very difficult to pin-point which areas will see ice and which areas will have a quick transition over to snow. At this point, it looks like areas north of I-96 will likely see more snow than ice, areas along and just south of I-96 including the city of Grand Rapids will likely see a mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow.
Liquid totals are not looking very impressive so ice accumulations should remain light, however even a small amount of icing during the morning commute could make travel hazardous.
By late morning breezy winds will become northwesterly allowing for the transition over to light snow showers. Areas along and north of I-96 will see the best potential for accumulations between 1 and 2 inches at most.
This system should not be a large impact to our area but could create problems with travel to work and school early before roadways can be treated. We will continue to monitor this system as it develops and bring you updates throughout the evening and early morning.