A fairly strong cold front moved through the area last Thu. PM. Temperatures started dropping and winds picked up from the north-northwest. Peak gusts with the front Thu. PM: 35 mph Battle Creek, 34 mph Gr. Rapids, 33 mph Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. Gale Warnings were posted for Lake Michigan. Those were replaced with a Small Craft Advisory that will be in effect from now until 11 am today (Sun.). Waves peaked at 6.6 feet at both the S. Haven buoy and the Port Sheldon buoy.

Low Temperatures Saturday Morning in West Michigan

Here’s low temperatures from Saturday morning. Grand Rapids had a low temperature of 30° officially at the Ford Airport. That’s our first freeze of the season and the coldest temperature we’ve had since last April. Ironically, the first freeze came on October 8, which is the average date of the first freeze in G.R. The time of the first freeze in G.R. has varied from Sept. 3 (1946) to as late as the first week of November. It was cooler as you got farther away from Lake Michigan. The low was 29° in Charlotte and Hastings. A wind off the relatively warm water of Lake Michigan kept the low temperatures at 40° in Ludington, S. Haven and Benton Harbor.

It was also breezy on Saturday – Peak wind gusts in West Michigan were between 30-35 mph.

Thursday, G.R. had a high of 71°, an average wind speed of 9.6 mph and 15% of possible sunshine. Friday the high temperature was 50° – 21 degrees cooler than Thursday.

Monday to Wednesday quite calm. Over the 72 hours of Mon., Tue. and Wed., we had an average wind speed of just 3.1 mph in Grand Rapids. We had 66% of possible sunshine on Wed. and the humidity dropped to 30% during the afternoon in G.R.

Grand Rapids had just a trace of rain Thursday PM. Other rainfall totals: 0.16″ at Big Rapids, 0.08″ Holland, 0.07″ Muskegon, 0.05″ Ionia and 0,02″ at Kalamazoo.

Temperatures will likely be in the low 50s much of the afternoon today – a cool day. We could reach the low 30s with at least scattered frost Saturday morning.