FLOODING POSSIBLE TODAY THROUGH TUESDAY ... DRYING OUT, AND CHILLY WEDNESDAY ... SNOW MAY MIX WITH RAIN SHOWERS THIS WEEKEND ... METEOROLOGIST CHRISTINA ANTHONY IS LIVE ON WWMT THIS MORNING!!!
Afternoon: Periods of rain could be torrential at times, especially along US 131 and north of I-94. Additional rainfall through Tuesday morning: 2" to 4". Cooler, and becoming windy. Temps in the upper 50s. Winds NW-SE 15-25 mph.
Overnight: Periods of rain could be heavy at times, especially north and west of Grand Rapids. Windy. Lows in the upper 40s. Winds are variable 15-25 mph.
Tuesday: Wet, cold, and windy. Potential new rainfall amounts through Wednesday morning: Up to 1". Highs in the lower 50s. Winds WSW 15-30 mph with higher gusts.
Wednesday: Morning showers. Then trending partly sunny, and even colder in the afternoon. Breezy. Highs in the upper 40s. Winds WSW 15-25 mph.
Thursday: Plenty of sunshine, and warmer. Highs in the upper 50s. Winds SSW 10-20 mph.
Grab the rain gear! Scattered showers will overspread West Michigan today, with potentially torrential rain developing this afternoon and evening. Torrential rain is associated with a wave of low pressure lifting from the south, and sliding across the MI/IN line around 5 PM. Between 2-4" of rain in the bucket through Tuesday morning brings flooding potential into the conversation. The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids issues an AREAL FLOOD WARNING for Allegan, Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties through Tuesday morning. AREAL FLOOD WATCH is in place for Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Van Buren, Allegan, Barry, Eaton, Kent, Ionia, Ottawa, Muskegon, Oceana, Montcalm, and Mecosta Counties through Tuesday morning. Prepare to use an alternative route in case roads become impassable tonight through Tuesday night.
Wrap around moisture will combine with cold, Canadian air moving over Lake Michigan Tuesday to spawn lake enhanced rain showers with a few embedded rumbles of thunder possible. Wind gusts up to 40 mph will also add to the fall-like feel. High temperatures in the lower 50s Tuesday will dip to 40-degrees through daybreak Wednesday. It's not impossible to see some wet snowflakes mixing with rain north of I-96 Wednesday morning. The atmosphere is much too warm to support anything more than that, and we say warm reluctantly. Wednesday's high temperatures won't make it out of the 40s. Brrr!
After a seasonably cool and dry Thursday, rain showers will move back into West Michigan for the upcoming weekend. Several forecast models are showing signs of snowflakes mixing in with rain Friday night into Saturday, and again Saturday night into Sunday. No accumulation is anticipated at this time. It's simply a sign that chilly air is here to stay. High temperatures in the lower 50s Friday will give way to the upper 40s Saturday, and the middle 40s Sunday.
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