GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Lake-effect snow returned to West Michigan in full force this week.
The snow started falling Wednesday morning and bands of lake-effect set up over parts of West Michigan into Friday. Grand Rapids picked up 8 inches of snow on Wednesday alone, breaking a daily snowfall record.
Between Thursday and Friday morning, parts of West Michigan accumulated more than a foot of fresh snow. The heaviest snow was recorded in Ottawa, Allegan, and Van Buren counties, and the snow continued to fall mid-day Friday. Storm totals in some locations will likely end up in the 15- to 20-inch range by the time snow winds down Friday night.
Winter storm headlines will continue through Friday afternoon along the lakeshore and into Kalamazoo County. Lakeshore counties were expected to be under a winter storm warning until 4 p.m. and a winter weather advisory will remain in effect for Kalamazoo County.
A strong band of lake-effect snow will likely impact the lakeshore into Kalamazoo County Friday afternoon, delivering snowfall rates up to 2 inches per hour.
Finally, the dynamics will become less favorable for lake-effect snow Friday evening and snow chances will wind down Friday night.
Saturday morning will start dry, but there will be a chance of a wintry mix by Saturday evening.
Cooler air will rush in Sunday, triggering another round of lake-effect snow Sunday into Monday. This round of snow does not look as significant as what we experienced through the week.