Weekend storm: Rain, freezing rain and snow


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A significant winter storm will move into West Michigan this weekend with impacts lasting through Saturday night. This storm had the potential to be historic, but like many ice storms, it could wallop a punch, but there are a lot of uncertainties involved.

A winter storm warning that will continue until Sunday morning for ice, snow, and the potential for power outages.

Many saw steady freezing rain through the day on Saturday, but temperatures hovering near freezing made it much more difficult for totals to stack up.

A widespread glaze of ice fell north of I-94 for much of the day with pockets of higher amounts, especially just northeast of Grand Rapids.

Courtesy Jeff Sotelo near Grant

River levels across West Michigan are already at 90% for flow in conjunction with soil moisture saturation levels of over 80%. Total precipitation amounts are very impressive for this time of year.

Rainfall totals have been very high. Here is how much rain fell as of 9:30a.m. for some select cities across West Michigan.

In total, 2 to 4 inches of liquid equivalent is expected with this storm.

We usually see about 2 inches of liquid water over the entire month of January. Incredibly, this storm looks to drop that amount in just 36 hours for almost everyone in West Michigan, with some picking up closer to 4 inches, or twice the monthly average in just one storm.

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Here is the official Storm Team 8 forecast with the ice swath continuing well into the thumb area.

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The bulls eye shows who is most likely to see 0.50″ of glaze ice over the weekend.

Everything is expected to flash freeze Saturday night just after dark with additional freezing rain accumulations stacking up.

This means sidewalks, parking lots, and side roads will all be slick, and lingering ice that was unstable or lightly accumulated on branches will freeze solid.

An additional 1-4″ of snow is possible tonight, with higher amounts north.

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Forecast models are starting to come into better agreement, but there are still several questions that have to be answered. So stay tuned to Storm Team 8: We will present any changes to the forecast and relay to you the watches, advisories and warnings issued by the National Weather Service.


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