GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Several hours of freezing rain, sleet and snow created hazardous travel conditions in West Michigan on New Year’s Day.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory through early Saturday morning as the winter storm system makes its way over West Michigan.

The icy mixture of precipitation dropped anywhere from a glaze of ice to a tenth of an inch of ice all across West Michigan from Muskegon south.

Ice in Norton Shores courtesy of Lexi Larabee

With temperatures near or below freezing, there is the potential for a quarter to a third of an inch of ice buildup on surfaces. The most significant icing happened along and south of a line from Lansing to Hastings to Plainwell and Allegan to the south. This means major metro areas, like Kalamazoo, Battle Creek over to Detroit faced the greatest threat for the most significant icing.

(A Jan. 1, 2021 model shows the expected ice accumulation across West Michigan.)

Areas north of Grand Rapids will see mostly snow from this system, with 2 to 4 inches of snow likely from northern Kent County to the north.

(A Jan. 1, 2021 map shows predicted snowfall through Saturday morning.)

Consumers Energy crews are on standby in the event of power outages, though Storm Team 8 says messy travel is more likely to be the problem with this system.



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