Thursday brought near-blizzard-like conditions to most of West Michigan as lake-effect snow produced two to ten inches of snow across the region, much of it from I-96 southward. Winds gusted from 25-30 mph north and 35-40 mph south reducing visibilities to near zero at times. Temperatures tumbled into the teen with below-zero wind chills.
Thursday night, lake-effect snow showers will continue but begin to diminish prior to daybreak. Blowing snow will continue with west winds at 10-20 mph inland and 15-25 mph along the lakeshore. Temperatures will hold steady in the mid teens along the lakeshore but drop into the single numbers to low teens inland. Wind chills will be around 1 to -4°.
Friday will feature morning snow showers mainly south of I-96 followed by partly to mostly cloudy conditions the rest of the day. Winds will still be breezy from the west at 10-20 mph inland and 12-22 mph along the lakeshore. Temperatures will climb into the upper teens to low 20s inland and low to mid 20s along the lakeshore. Wind chills will be around 7-11°.
Friday night will become clear after midnight with temperatures dropping into the single numbers to near 10°. Winds will be west at 6-12 mph in the evening and turn to the south at 4-8 mph. Wind chills will be around 0 to -5°.
Saturday will be sunny in the morning and become cloudy in the afternoon. Temperatures will warm into the mid to upper 20s. Winds will be south at 6-12 mph inland and 8-16 mph along the lakeshore. Wind chills will be around 18-22°.
Saturday night, as a warm front approaches, temperatures will hold steady in the upper 20s. Some light snow will break out mainly north of I-96 after midnight.
Sunday, a wintery mix is expected early in the day but should end by afternoon. Temperatures will rise into the low to mid 30s. Winds will be south at 7-14 mph inland and southeast-southwest at 8-16 mph along the lakeshore. Wind chills will be around 24-28°.
Monday, another round of a wintery mix is possible as a low pressure system moves through the Great Lakes region. Temperatures will be in the mid 30s. Winds will be south-southwest.
Tuesday, colder air will follow in the wake of the low pressure system bringing snow showers to the region and falling temperatures from the low 30s into the low 20s. Winds will become northwest.
Wednesday is expected to be mostly cloudy with lake-effect snow showers. Temperatures will be in the mid 20s. Winds will be northwest.
Thursday will be mostly cloudy and cool with temperatures in the mid 20s. Winds will be northwest.
The 6-10 Day Outlook for Wednesday, December 16 through Sunday, December 20 calls for near average temperatures and below average precipitation. Average highs are around 32-33° with average precipitation of .41" and average snowfall of 3.0".
The 8-14 Day Outlook for Friday, December 18 through Thursday, December 24 calls for below average temperatures and below average precipitation. Average highs are around 31-33° with average precipitation of 0.56" and average snowfall of 4.2".
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