GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The first significant snowfall of the season brought up to 6 inches of snow to parts of West Michigan and there is more snow on the way.
A winter weather advisory has been issued for Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Mason and Lake Counties from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. This is for 1 to 3 inches of snow (local amounts of 4 to 5 inches are possible). There will also be slick spots developing.
We also have gale warnings for the open waters of Lake Michigan for wind gusts up to 45 mph and waves up to 7 to 12 feet.
Most areas woke up to a fresh blanket of snow Saturday morning. Parts of Allegan and Kalamazoo counties saw some of the highest snow reports, with some areas seeing over 3 inches.
The wet and heavy snow snapped tree branches and there were some power outage reports Saturday morning. As of 9 p.m. Saturday evening, there were still 88 power outages affecting 2,309 people, mainly in eastern Allegan, eastern Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties.
A clipper system arriving from the west will bring another round of snow to Lower Michigan Sunday.
An additional 1 to 3 inches of snow will fall. Since this round of snow will be associated with a synoptic system and not lake-effect, areas farther inland will also have a good chance of seeing accumulations similar to the lakeshore.
The last time we saw more than a trace of snow in Grand Rapids was April 21, and you have to go back nearly nine months to Feb. 21 for the last inch of snow.
This wintry weekend will give us a good chance to make sure we have the ice scrapers and shovels ready to go for the rest of the season.