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Lake Effect Snow Showers, Blowing Snow, and Bitter Cold!

Issued at 8:00am EST 01/14/2024


Continuing travel impacts this morning across west-central and central lower Michigan, especially in central Kent and central Ottawa extending into Ionia counties, as well as, in central Muskegon county extending into northern Kent and southern Newaygo and Montcalm counties as lake effect snow bands continue to dump heavy lake effect snow and reduce visibilities!


Live look at conditions from northern Kent County near US-131 this morning as of 7:00am


However, travel and road conditions will finally begin to improve today, especially after the lunch hour!


Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories expire at noon today. Wind Chill Advisories remain in effect for the southern and southeastern portions of our coverage area until noon tomorrow.


After the aforementioned lake effect snow bands that are currently impacting the areas along M-46 and I-96 move out of the area this afternoon and travel/road conditions begin to improve our attention will quickly shift to the new threat that we've been forecasting for several days now; arctic cold.


We're expecting wind chill values to plunge well into the negatives today as strong gusty westerly winds continue to push through the state bringing in very cold arctic air from the northwest. Some areas along US-127 and south of I-96 may very well see wind chills as low as 20 degrees below zero!



There are two primary concerns with wind chill values this low.

  1. Exposure to air this cold can cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes on exposed skin. If your going outside for any reason today make sure your bundled up and that all your skin is appropriately covered. Hypothermia is also a concern for the vulnerable populations in our communities and for those who are faced with prolonged exposure.

    1. Please check with your local county/city for information on where warming shelters may be setup!

    2. Check-in on your friends and family, especially the elderly, the young, and those with special needs!

  2. The second concern is for those who are without power. Make sure that you're checking on those who are without power. Find ways to stay warm and keep heat inside your house. Only use generators outside in well-ventilated areas!




 

Previous Discussion (Issued at 8:58am EST 01/13/2024):


No major changes to our forecast this morning. Continued hazardous travel and risk for power outages today. Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7pm this evening. Additional warnings and/or advisories are expected to be issued for additional hazards after 7:00pm this evening.

No major changes to our forecast this morning. Continued hazardous travel and risk for power outages today.


Additional snow accumulations of 2-6 inches of synoptic and lake effect snow today. Significant blowing and drifting snow will cause snow drifts in excess of several feet in some places and will significantly reduce visibility.


Continued risk for power outages today as strong winds and heavy snow continue to put strain on trees and power lines.


WMIWX Storm Chasers hope to get back out into the field today to provide updates on conditions but if things are as bad as they were yesterday, and they likely will be - if not worse, then those will prove to be very short-lived.

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