Costumes and coats: Snow likely on Halloween


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It could be considered a spooky forecast for some: Snow is expected in West Michigan for Halloween night, with increasing wind and rain in the mix, too.

A strong area of low pressure is expected to swing along the southeast side of West Michigan Thursday and Thursday night. As it passes by our state, it will bring with it first cold rain.

As the area of low pressure cuts closer to Michigan on Thursday, more cold air will wrap in aloft. Sloppy snowflakes will likely begin to mix in with the rain through the day. A full transition to snow is possible as the sun goes down and after dark.

Temperatures will be in the upper 30s with winds gusting to 30 mph possible.

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Wind driven rain and snow will add to the chill on Halloween night. Travel may become difficult into Friday morning with slick spots developing.

It’s been nearly six months to the date the last time we had snow flakes fly across West Michigan. Accumulating snow is certainly in the cards. Minor amounts on the grass are possible this morning but much more likely Thursday evening. The European model is the most conservative with a trace to an inch range.

Forecast models rarely agree on the total snow amounts and this latest one is no different. Here’s the range. Make sure to stay tuned to each forecast update as these amounts will continue to change. At this time I think the snowfall range will be between a trace to three inches by Friday morning.

Friday looks partly cloudy, but another system will move in on Saturday with more light snow possible that day too. And now that the cold air has arrived it appears it will stick around as indicated by latest 8-14 day temperature outlook. It appears we’ll have plenty of more chances of snow possible as we head towards Thanksgiving.



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