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Thursday, February 9, 2023

Snowfall forecast for Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Muskegon might have you surprised tomorrow

A widespread snow this afternoon and evening will transition to a robust spurt of lake-effect snow Thursday morning. If you are expecting Thursday morning to have quieter weather, you could be unpleasantly surprised while traveling.

The widespread snow this afternoon will break down and taper fairly quickly early this evening across southwest and western Lower Michigan.

Here is the radar forecast from noon today through Thursday afternoon. Notice the burst of snow that will swing through all of southwest Lower Michigan Thursday. This will be a few hour spurt of moderate to heavy snow.

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Radar forecast from noon today to 8 p.m. Thursday shows the area of lake-effect swinging through southwest Lower Thursday morning into afternoon.

Here is the snowfall total forecast for southwest Lower Michigan. I have to go out to Thursday evening for the snowfall total because the lake-effect snow tomorrow will make it seem like the storm hasn’t ended yet.

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Total snowfall forecast through Thursday evening, including the lake-effect snow burst Thursday.

For Grand Rapids, look for 3 to 4 inches of snow. This should include today’s snow and tomorrow’s burst of lake-effect. Based on the robust look of the lake-effect, I’d lean toward the higher amount and maybe even going to 5 inches. Kalamazoo and Muskegon can also plan on at least 3 to 4 inches, with possibly a 5 inch total in places.

So I’d call it a general 3 to 5 inch snow for most of southwest Lower Michigan, with the chance of isolated higher spots.

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