West Michigan braces for next winter storm; warnings and advisories in place


    <p>An approaching storm is set to bring significant snowfall and very cold conditions to West Michigan early Monday, Jan. 27, 2019. Ahead of this system, Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories have been put in place.{/p}

    An approaching storm is set to bring significant snowfall and very cold conditions to West Michigan early Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.

    Ahead of this system, Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories have been put in place.

    The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for snow as severe winter weather conditions that will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

    A Winter Storm Warning has been put in place for 1 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28 until 7 p.m. Monday night. This will be for the following counties: Newaygo, Mecosta, Oceana, Ionia, Muskegon, Montcalm, Ottawa and Kent. The National Weather Service also issued a winter storm warning for Berrien and Cass counties from 2 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday with a total expected snow accumulation between 8 and 12 inches.

    Snow totals for this area could be 8 to 12 inches along and north of I-96, with locally higher snow amounts possible. Very cold temperatures and heavy snow have been forecast. The heaviest snowfall rates are expected early Monday morning, with the higher snow accumulations expected in the northern portion of our viewing area. Wind chills early Monday could range from 15 to 20 below zero.

    The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory as periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibility, and use caution while driving. The snow will be fluffier in the morning of Monday but as temperatures warm, the snowfall ratio will decrease, becoming more dense.

    For Allegan, Barry, Eaton, Van Buren, Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties, a Winter Weather Advisory will be in place 1 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28 until 7 p.m.

    For Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph and Branch counties, a Winter Weather Advisory will be in place 3 a.m. Monday Jan. 28 until 7 p.m. Monday night.

    For the counties of Allegan, Barry, Eaton, Van Buren, Kalamazoo and Calhoun, snowfall amounts are expected to total 6 to 8 inches. Travel could be difficult for the Monday morning and evening commutes due to falling and blowing snow. The snow could be heavy and wet, making removal efforts difficult. Dangerously cold temperatures are then expected Tuesday into early Thursday.

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    For the counties of Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph and Branch, snowfall amounts are expected to be 4 to 6 inches. Slippery road conditions have been predicted. The hazardous conditions likely could impact the Monday morning commute and possibly the Monday evening commutes. Blowing and drifting are expected.

    Following Monday's winter storm, dangerous cold temperatures could move in.


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