GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — After a rainy Wednesday, a wintry mix and several inches of snow will be possible for portions of West Michigan.
Temperatures made it into the upper 40s and even to 50 degrees on Wednesday. The warm temperatures melted the snow. In addition to the melting snow, widespread rain fell Wednesday night.
That caused some flooding. In Grandville, Ivanrest Avenue was closed at Prairie Street and Yellowstone Drive and Wayburn and Woodbine avenues were closed at Prairie midday Thursday due to water over the road. City officials blamed Buck Creek.
Thursday began with warm temperatures, but temperatures have been falling from the northwest to the southeast through the morning hours. Afternoon temperatures will be in the upper 20s. The standing water from the melting snow and rain will begin to freeze, so you’ll want to watch for icy roads, sidewalks, and driveways.
The rain and wintry mix from the morning is moving to the east. Drier conditions are expected late this morning into the early afternoon, with only a few areas of light mix or drizzle possible.
The snow will pick up again during the mid-afternoon hours for most, which could lead to messy conditions for the evening commute. Areas south and east of Grand Rapids will see the heaviest snow.
Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories are in effect through early Friday morning for areas south and east of Grand Rapids. Allegan County, Kent County, and areas to the north are not under any sort of advisory, but icy and snow-covered spots on the roads are still expected.
The city of Battle Creek has issued a snow emergency starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, it said in a release. Parking on the street is prohibited during a snow emergency, and residents will have 24 hours — until 6 p.m. Thursday — to move their cars.
After that, the city says police will try to contact the owners of any vehicles left on the streets but will have the cars towed as a last resort.
The city of Marshall has also issued a snow removal emergency that will go into effect Thursday night. Parking on the streets will be prohibited, and any vehicles left on the road after midnight could be towed and its owner may face a fine.
The snow will continue into the overnight hours on Thursday before gradually tapering off early Friday.
By the time the snow wraps up early Friday, we expect about 1 to 3 inches for the I-96 corridor. About 2 to 4 inches of heavy snow is likely for southern Allegan County through Barry County and into Lansing. Four to 7 inches is expected from the Indiana state line to closer to Detroit.
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