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  • Does Great Lakes ice cover predict West Michigan weather?

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A great deal of media attention has been given to the amount of ice cover on the Great Lakes again this season.  As of February 25, the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory listed the ice cover at 85.5%.  As the image above shows, the greatest ice coverage is on Lakes Superior, Huron, and Erie. Now, as winter (in theory, at least) starts to wind down, there is speculation about how the cold lakes will influence weather around […]

  • 2015 vs. 2014: Which winter is colder (updated)?

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The winter of 2013-14 brought back memories of some of the coldest ever recorded in West Michigan, being compared to frigid winters like 1993-94 and those of the late 1970s. In addition, last winter set some astounding marks for things like snowfall, snow depth, and ice cover on the Great Lakes. Lower snowfall has meant that winter has, perhaps, seemed a bit less severe than last year around West Michigan.  However, the extent of Arctic air […]

  • Grand Rapids ties record low Friday morning

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — After a bitterly cold day Thursday, we told you to expect even colder temperatures early Friday morning — and Mother Nature delivered. Grand Rapids officially dropped to -13° at 6:53 A.M., tying the record low for February 20th, previously set in 1966. This comes a day after the mean temperature (high + low divided by 2) in G.R. was only -1°, marking the first time that has happened since February 5, 2007.  In fact, it was only […]

  • Thursday morning lows & “thermie” photos

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Lake-effect snow showers and a breeze kept parts of West Michigan from seeing extremely cold temperatures Thursday morning, but in locations where skies remained clear and winds calm, temperatures dropped to -10° to -20°, mainly northeast of Grand Rapids. More areas will have a chance at similar temperatures Thursday night and Friday morning, as even lakeshore communities will likely see clearing and winds dying down. From the National Weather Service, here is a list of the […]

  • Frigid Valentine forecast may leave you cold-hearted

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Some of the coldest air of the winter is on the way just in time for a busy weekend, in which many people in West Michigan will likely be going out to celebrate Valentine’s Day. An area of low pressure will move through the Great Lakes late Friday into early Saturday, with a shot of Arctic air arriving in its wake.  Temperatures will be dropping during the day Saturday, with lake-effect snow developing generally west of […]

  • West Michigan gets a lot of snow, but not quite a blizzard

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The first day of February brought the first big snowstorm of the season to West Michigan.  Sure, we’ve seen plenty of snow this winter (and much of it before winter even started!), but the large majority of that snow has been of the lake-effect variety. However, while it can be tempting to call every big snowstorm a “blizzard,” this system didn’t quite meet the official criteria. According to the National Weather Service, a blizzard is when […]

  • Expect heavy snow, gusty winds again late Thursday

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Most of the snow West Michigan has seen this week has been of the lake-effect variety, but a fast-moving area of low pressure will bring snow to pretty much the entire FOX 17 viewing area during the late stages of the day Thursday. The snow is currently shown to arrive during the afternoon Thursday, and pick up into the evening.  The snow will be accompanied by temperatures only in the low teens and winds from the southwest […]

  • FOX 17 Weekend Forecast Update

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A wintry mix of precipitation will continue across West Michigan Saturday before taking a break Saturday night.  If you’re looking for current conditions, including interactive radar, head to the main Weather page. Here is a breakdown of how things look to play out for the rest of the weekend (watch for additional updates — small differences in temperatures will have a big impact on overall conditions): Saturday afternoon / evening: A gradual transition to rain will […]

  • Grand Rapids setting more snowfall records (sort of)

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — After the snowiest November on record with 31 inches of accumulation, Grand Rapids is now setting more records in the month of December.  Only, this time, it’s for the least snowfall for the month. As of Christmas Day, the Gerald Ford International Airport had only picked up three-tenths of an inch of snowfall officially during December.  That’s the lowest total ever in more than a century of records for that stretch. If we don’t pick up another […]

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