Winter Weather Advisory - Updated 2pm

A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect for much of southern Lower Michigan until 11 PM tonight.  The Blizzard Warning is no longer in effect.

Here are the expected impacts: 

Travel and commerce are slowly recovering.  Do not drive if you do not have to and wait for the plows to clear your street. 

Numerous event cancellations, including school closures are likely, as well as flight delays and cancellations.  Call ahead before heading out into the storm.  Some closures lasting into Thursday are possible.

Make sure you have a winter weather survival kit in your automobile, which includes but is not limited to blankets, jumper cables, flashlights with new batteries, and extra clothing to keep dry.

The warning information for Michigan is shown in the map below. The purple area is a Winter Weather Advisory, the red area is a Blizzard Warning and the pink area is a Winter Storm Warning.

 

 

A winter wonderland at the Grand Rapids office!

 

Below is the preliminary storm total snowfall that occurred across the area, ending at 8am:


 

 Here are some 24 hour snowfall records across the area:

 

The NWS office in Grand Rapids received 16.0" of storm total snowfall.  The Blizzard of 1978 will still remain as the greatest calendar day snowfall that Grand Rapids has received.  Twenty-four hour records are generally not issued by the NWS.  Climate records rely on calendar day (midnight-midnight) totals.



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