WEST MICHIGAN-- The coldest air of the season will bring snow and slick roads to the area overnight. Snow showers will become more widespread later this evening with perhaps 1-2 inches along and west of U.S. 131 by the morning commute. Take a look at the image below (valid for midnight) with some lake effect snow along/west of U.S. 131.
While the snow accumulation may not be much, many times in the past that the first (or one of the first snow events) creates more accidents that higher snowfalls.
The salt trucks will be out, but bridges and overpasses will be the first to freeze and secondary roads may be slippery too. It's these smaller, first snow/cold events that seem to catch folks off guard and create numerous accidents. We're expected northeast winds after about 4/5 AM, which will shift any snow off to the west over Lake Michigan. The image below shows our computer forecast model at 6 AM on Friday. Winds will gradually turn to the northeast and push any lingering snow showers/flurries out over Lake Michigan.
Sunshine is likely inland on Friday but temperatures will struggle to reach 30. Get the complete forecast at www.fox17online.com/weather.