GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A powerful storm system will move through West Michigan on Saturday and the biggest hazard it will generate is wind.
Winds will be strong enough to cause scattered power outages and 7 to 12 foot waves on the shore of Lake Michigan.
Because of this a wind advisory has been issued from midnight until 7pm Saturday for Central and Southern Michigan to prepare for Saturday’s storm. Sustained winds are expected to be between 20 to 30 mph with frequent gusts as high as 50 to 60 mph. Winds this strong will bring down a few branches and power lines. Also, keep in mind Christmas decorations that aren’t secure will certainly take flight.
Showers and thudnerstorms will rumble through tonight as a warm front slides through. This will propel the temperatures into the 50s by daybreak Saturday morning.
The cold front will march through Saturday morning with cold air rushing in behind it. Any rain showers will transition to snow showers by noon. Most areas will see less than an inch of snow, but tricky travel will still be possible.
By the early afternoon, wind will change directions, pulling in much colder air. Expect almost a 20 degree temperature drop with light blowing snow developing. Areas could get icy, especially over bridges and overpasses. Most areas will see less than an inch of snow, but tricky travel will still be possible.
Winds will settle some on Sunday, with lingering breezy conditions. Highs on Sunday will be able to rebound to the mid 40s with sunshine.
A big warm-up will arrive the following week with highs in the 40s, 50s and potentially even low 60s by Thursday.