UPDATED School closing prediction for Friday, January 27

Last updated: Thursday, Jan. 26 at 8:15 p.m.

UPDATE: The chances for several schools in Ottawa, Allegan, Van Buren, and Barry county schools has been raised.

The lake effect snow machine is cranking over parts of West Michigan, and that presents a high chance of closing for some schools.

The Winter Weather Advisory has been expanded and extended, and now includes Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Cass, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, Ottawa, and Van Buren counties until 4 a.m. Friday. Lake effect snow is expected into at least the first half of the night.

UPDATE: The band of snow has been very intense. Now that the sun has set, the snow is sticking and making roads very icy. It has also shifted north, with central Allegan / Barry county now being a bullseye. Thus, I have adjusted chances in and around this band accordingly.

At this time, I believe that any districts under the band long enough this evening / overnight will see enough snow to close, especially as temperatures cool and snow sticks to the roadways. It now looks like the places with the best chance of that happening include locations such as Allegan, South Haven, and Gobles.

I have also raised the chances for West Ottawa, Holland, and Zeeland in Ottawa county. Snow showers are picking up in intensity there, and if the band shifts north we could see those schools especially close.

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