GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The midweek snow storm rolled through West Michigan, throwing down big totals southeast of Grand Rapids as expected. Aside from a few light snow showers southeast of Kalamazoo today, it will be dry for cleaning up.
Snow amounts were highest in parts of Allegan, Barry, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, St. Joseph and Cass counties, where 8 to 12 inches fell (in general).
HOW MUCH SNOW?
In a nutshell, the farther south and east in the state you are, the more you will have to shovel.
The storm system packed a punch for more areas than just West Michigan. Snow impacts were felt as far south as Texas.
Here’s what Storm Team 8 forecast:
The southeast corner of the state will see some lingering snow today, but all advisories and warnings have come to an end.
Thursday will likely still be slippery, but conditions will be improving. The winter storm impacts have shifted to the southeast of Michigan.
Michigan State Police advised people to stay home if possible where the weather is poor.
“Michiganders should prepare for difficult and potentially dangerous conditions on both Wednesday and Thursday because of the incoming storm,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement released by MSP. “Staying home will keep you safe and will help emergency crews focus on improving road conditions and assisting those who need it. Michiganders are no stranger to big storms, and I know we can get through the next few days together.”
If you do have to go out, police say, dress warmly, don’t overexert yourself and keep an eye out for signs of hypothermia and frostbite. If you have to drive, be extra cautious:
You should also check your heating unit; if it’s damaged, it could be a carbon monoxide hazard. Make sure your CO detector is working.
MSP also asks people to stay in contact with their neighbors, family members and friends who may need extra help.
LOOKING BACK AT JANUARY
January brought an onslaught of snow and cold to the Great Lakes. Grand Rapids saw above-average snowfall of 25.8 inches. The average is 22.6 inches.
It was a cold month, too, with temperatures running nearly 5 degrees below average.