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The Winter Weather Adivsory continues until 1 pm.  The G.R. NWS says:  “snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches expected. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph may result in power outages. Snowfall rates of an inch per hour are possible. – THE SNOW WILL BE DISRUPTIVE, BUT NOT CRIPPLING, THUS WE KEPT THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY AND DID NOT UPGRADE TO A WINTER STORM WARNING.  – MONDAY MORNING COMMUTE WILL BE MUCH SL.  OWER THAN NORMAL.  – CONFIDENCE STILL HIGH ON A PLOWABLE SNOW. – HEAVIEST SNOW BETWEEN I-94 AND I-96 WHERE 5 TO 7 INCHES EXPECTED,  LOCALLY HIGHER. – LAKE EFFECT SNOW EXPECTED MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT WITH  SOME ACCUMULATION POSSIBLE MAINLY WEST OF US-131.”

”  The Advisory also includes LaPorte and St. Joseph Counties in Indiana. 

Read their whole discussion here.  

9:45 am – Snow (except for lake-effect snow showers) has ended north of a line from Grand Haven to near Mt. Pleasant.  The general snow will end from west to east across the area during the midday.  Roads snow-covered and slippery.  Temps. in upper 20s, so cold enough for snow to continue to stick to the roads.  Gusts from 25-35 across the area.  Snowfall so far:  5-6″ Holland and Allegan, 7″ Hastings, 3-4″ on the ground in G.R., 4-5″ Lansing. 

Temps. will continue to be at or below freezing.  Higher winds in Chicago, where the water intake had a gust to 59 mph.  O’Hare Airport reported a peak wind of 51 mph. The BIKE PATH AT CHICAGO LAKE FRONT WAS FLOODED WITH SEVERAL FEET OF WATER from a storm surge off Lake Michigan with very strong NE wind.  Riverdale IL – expressway closed due to power lines down across road.  Tree down in Wilmette. 

Here’s a mid-AM pic. from Navy Pier in Chicago.  Heavy snow has fallen west of Chicago with a foot of new snow near Rockford IL.  14″ Pecatonica, 13″ near McHenry, 12″ near Woodstock (where they filmed the movie “Caddyshack” and at Rockford IL. 7.4″ at O’Hare.

Mid-Lake Michigan buoy shows waves of 13.5 feet at 9:40 am with a peak gust of 47 mph at a water temp. of 42.4 deg.

Over 445 closings – more than 165 in Kent Co. – inc. Grand Rapids, Grandville and Forest Hills Schools.    Check with our noon show for the latest on any closings and on road conditions.

Here’s the Gaylord NWS graphic on the storm.  The Advisory is generally southeast of a line from Manistee to Alpena.  Much  of N. Lower Michigan will have lake-effect snow showers as the low pressure system moves away and cold air moves across the Great Lakes.  Mostly rain as you go south of Michigan into Indiana and Ohio. 

There’s a Blizzard Warning for much of N. Illinois and a small part of SE Wisconsin. 

Check out the U.S. Hazards Map, current Michigan weather observations and a surface map.  Over 1,300 flights cancelled due to the storm. 
Here’s local radar: 

 
Click for latest Base Reflectivity radar loop from the Grand Rapids/Muskegon, MI radar and current weather warnings
 

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