Winter weather returns with heavy snowfall expected during morning commute


    Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect Tuesday night between 7 p.m. and Midnight for most of West Michigan. (WWMT/Randi Burns)

    The first snowstorm of the season is expected to move in later tonight and with it will come several impacts that will affect the Monday commutes.

    With this storm, advisories have been placed across West Michigan.

    A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect for Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa Newaygo, Mecosta, and Oceana Counties at 7 p.m. Sunday night and will last until 1 p.m. Monday afternoon.

    Eaton, Kalamazoo, Van Buren, Calhoun, Cass, Berrien, and St. Joseph Counties have their Winter Weather advisory going into effect at Midnight and lasting until 1 p.m. Monday afternoon as well.

    Snowfall amounts across West Michigan will generally be 3" to 5" with some bands of heavier snowfall possibly producing 6"-9" of snow.

    Breaking it down by advisory locations:

    • The counties north of and including Barry and Allegan counties can expect 5 to 8 inches with some areas possibly experiencing higher localized amounts with heavier bands of snow.
    • Eaton, Calhoun, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties could expect to see 4 to 6 inches of snow.
    • Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph Counties can expect 2 to 5 inches of snow.

    The heaviest snowfall rates will be seen from 10 p.m. Sunday night until 1 p.m. Monday afternoon.

    The impacts of this storm will most likely affect the Monday morning commute.

    Wet, heavy snow will make roads slippery. Especially with a possible 3 to 5 inches of snow accumulating throughout the morning. Winds will continue to increase throughout Sunday into Monday, bringing winds up to 35 mph if not more. With snow falling at that time, visibility could be greatly reduced during the morning commute.

    Another expectation of snow could affect the Monday evening commute as lake enhanced snow showers return. Accumulation will not be as great as expected with the system Sunday night into Monday.

    Snow chances will continue through Wednesday morning.

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