Winter storm watch for all of Grand Rapids area; Some areas up to 18 inches of snow

Winter storm watch for all of Grand Rapids area; Some areas up to 18 inches of snow

A winter storm watch is in effect for the Grand Rapids area for an increasing coverage and increasing intensity of snow.

The winter storm watch covers the time period from 7 a.m. Thursday, November 17 to 1 a.m. Saturday, November 19. The heavy snow will very likely continue through Saturday and Saturday night. The National Weather Service ends the winter storm watch at 1 a.m. Saturday just because they don’t warn for any weather 48 hours or more in the future.

Here is the winter storm watch area, shaded in blue. The pink-shaded counties of Berrien and Cass are already in a winter storm warning for current heavy lake-effect snow.

The winter storm watch is for Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Allegan, Barry, Eaton, Van Buren, Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties. This includes the cities of Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Grand Haven, Jenison, Ionia, Holland, Hastings, Charlotte and South Haven.

The time period of the winter storm watch gives you a good idea when snow is expected to develop and then become heavy. Thursday morning will be when the snow will increase in coverage. By Thursday evening the Grand Rapids area should lock into a fairly widespread lake-effect snow. The snow should be heavy at times Friday and Friday night. The snow should continue into Saturday and Saturday night, even though the current winter storm watch only goes to Friday evening.

Total snow accumulations in the winter storm watch area should be six inches or more by Friday night. Travel could be very difficult. The snow will be heavy enough to impact Thursday’s and Friday’s morning and evening commutes.

Here is the total snowfall forecast as of Wednesday morning. This is a snowfall amount through the entire snow period.

Total snowfall forecast from 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 16 to 7:00 a.m. Saturday, November 19.

Watch for fine tunings of the snowfall forecast as the wind direction and location of the heaviest snow bands become more evident.

Get ready for absolute winter driving conditions around southwest Lower Michigan.

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