Colder, Some Snow

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The top pic. is from Patti Ebright – Sunset at S. Haven Monday evening.  We had 0% sunshine in G.R. Monday.  That’s the 41st day since Nov. 1 with no sunshine and since Nov. 1, Grand Rapids has had just 15.4% of possible sunshine.  It’s been relatively warm.  The 51-degree high temperature yesterday in G.R. was 20 degrees warmer than average.  Other highs Monday included 54 in Kalamazoo and 47 in Muskegon.  Peak winds Monday included 51 mph at Holland (airport), 43 mph at Muskegon, 42 mph in Lansing and 41 mph in G.R.  The winds kicked up giant waves on Lake Michigan, that were highest in Wisconsin with a southeast wind,  Check out these pictures of a wave washing away the 2-story pier light tower at the Manitowoc Channel. 

Winter is coming back…we’ll get a few scattered rain showers today with temps. in the low 40s…but a cold front will move through, sending temps. down this PM, kicking the wind back up to 20 mph from the west and changing the rain to snow this afternoon.  The NWS has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 5 PM this (Tue.) PM until 7 pm Weds.  This includes the lakeshore counties and the next set of counties inland (Lake, Newaygo, Kent, Barry, Kalamazoo). 

This is the wind chill forecast for early Wednesday with temps. in the low to mid 20s and a stiff northwest wind.  The air will be cold enough to kick up lake-effect snow showers.   With a northwest flow, favored areas for heavier snowfall (several inches) will be south of Saugatuck and north of Whitehall.  The cool air should stick around from Tues. night thru the rest of the week.  As temps. fall, watch for slippery roads to develop in some areas, esp. Tues. night into Weds.

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