GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Wow! Look at the sand sculptures that the elements created at Holland, Michigan along the shore of Lake Michigan.

This is near Holland State Park.

Sand sculptures at Holland State Park. (Courtesy Kyle Piers)

There is a weather station right on the beach at the Holland Channel. It showed wind gusts 30 mph to 35 mph at Wednesday with temperatures in the low 30s. The cold air moved in for Thursday with temperatures falling to 10 to 15 degrees. The wind turned to the north, then back to the southwest and picked up as temperatures rose back to the low 30s. On Saturday night, the temperature rose to 40 at the Holland weather station and we had a gust to 40 mph from the southwest.

Pancake ice at the Holland Channel. (Courtesy Kyle Piers)

Above, see another photo from Kyle at the Holland Channel (he’s on the north side of the Channel at the State Park). Note the circular “pancake ice” in the channel. The Arctic air caused this ice to form fairly rapidly.

Clouds, wind, waves, snow, sand and ice at Lake Michigan. (Courtesy Laraine Keil)
The South Haven Channel on Feb. 4, 2023.


Grand Rapids recorded 79.5% sunshine for the first four days of February. We had as many minutes of sunshine in the first four days of February than we had in all 31 days of January combined. Hope this month continues on the sunny side.

Bittersweet Ski Area on Feb. 4, 2023.

While it will be a little bit warmer Sunday, above freezing, skiing and boarding should still be decent. There could be little mist or drizzle this AM, but mainly trace amounts. Roads should be OK.