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First winter storm dumps heavy, wet snow on W MI

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Our first winter storm of the season dropped several inches of heavy, wet snow on West Michigan, with some picking up more than a half a foot.

Officially trained snow spotters and National Weather Service cooperative observers and employees busted out their rulers to take official measurements of the snow on carefully placed snow boards through the event.

An official report from Dowling, Michigan, recorded a whopping 11.5 inches of snow.

From the onset, a band of higher snow totals was anticipated to set up between I-96 and I-94, though the exact placement was difficult to pin down. 

Here was the official Storm Team 8 forecast from the morning before the storm. 

The biggest amounts were found predominantly in Barry and Eaton counties. 

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Plows should be able to clear the remainder of the roads Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Light lake-effect is expected to build in for Tuesday and Wednesday. The heaviest lake-effect snow through that time frame will accumulate west and southwest of Grand Rapids. Most areas will be near 1 to 3 inches with locally higher amounts.

It will be cold through at least Thursday with wind chills Tuesday expected to be in the teens. 

Slightly warmer temperatures will arrive next weekend with yet another storm system possible. This one has a better chance of bringing more rain with it than snow. Of course, Storm Team 8 will let you know what's coming as the system continues to develop.

Stay up to date with the Storm Team 8 forecast as this return to winter-like weather occurs.

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