GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Record-breaking snow, ice and chilly temperatures were the themes last week. Luckily, changes are on the way for one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.


While two small systems are expected to move through West Michigan the holiday weekend, the impact will be fairly low. Thanksgiving will see increasing clouds and a chance for light rain showers developing in the afternoon and evening. Rain will slide out by Daybreak on Friday.

Between systems, Friday and Saturday are both looking quite nice. Highs will peak near 50° on Saturday with plenty of sunshine. It will be an ideal day to hang Christmas lights or check out some local shops for Small Business Saturday.

It’s Saturday night into Sunday the next system arrives. This will bring steady rain for almost everyone during the daylight hours of Sunday. Some snow could mix in north of Grand Rapids. Accumulation is not expected.


If you’re traveling around the Midwest this week, high pressure will settle Monday through Wednesday. This will help keep the area dry and free of significant cloud cover.

A system from the Central Plains pushes moisture towards Michigan Thanksgiving day but will not k. Most of the rain will stay south and east of Michigan. Early Friday (Black Friday) a lingering shower will be possible. If you have shopping plans Black Friday it appears most of the day will be dry.

Temperatures will remain near normal across the Midwest. Expect highs in the upper 30s to mid-40s.


Most of the country will follow along with the quiet weather pattern West Michigan will see. High pressure helps keep the southwest dry. There will likely be some brief disturbances in the Pacific Northwest as well as the southeast. Airport delays and travel impacts should be minimal.

Storm Team 8 will take your questions about holiday travel in three livestreams this week: Monday at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 1 p.m.