The first general snowfall of an inch or more for this snow season is occurring tonight into Friday. The snow will be heaviest east of US-31 and west of US-131, south of Whitehall. In that area 3 to 9 inches of snow is expected to accumulate by early afternoon Friday. Up to 7 inches has been reported northwest of Grand Rapids at 11 PM. The warning areas of Muskgeon....Kent and Ottawa Counties will have the most snowfall with 6 to 9 inches. Areas between US-131 and I-69 should see 1 to 3 inches of snow by Friday afternoon. Areas south and east of I-69 should see less than an inch of snow from the event.
Snowfall rates will be heaviest Holland and Muskegon during the early morning hours and finally shift back toward the south of Holland during the mid morning hours of Friday. By Friday afternoon, the first snowfall for the season will for the most part have ended. The snow is the result of a cold front bringing in the coldest air of the season to date. The cold front is what will bring the 1 to 3 inches inland. Lake Michigan will locally enhance the snowfall west of US-131 to bring the 6 to 9 inches of snow.
The cold front will bring temperatures into the mid to upper 20s across the area by mid morning Friday. Those cold temperatures combined with the snowfall will result in slippery roads. Travel between US-131 and US-31 during the early to mid morning hours is likely to be hazardous. If you are expecting to drive in that area during that time, be prepared for slow travel and slippery road.
Once the cold air has established itself Friday night and Saturday, lake effect snow showers will continue west of US-131 where several additional inches of snow are possible. Temperatures should remain below freezing through Sunday morning so any less traveled roads that become snow covered may well stay that way through Sunday morning.