The previous winter weather advisory has been strengthened to a winter storm warning for the counties below, shaded in pink.
The winter storm warning covers the Netherlands, Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Big Rapids, Alma, Mount Pleasant, Saginaw, Midland, Bay City, Caro and Bad Axe. The winter storm warning is in effect since it began to snow. An area around Grand Rapids and west of Grand Rapids has already reported 2 to 4 inches of snow as of 9:00 p.m. The winter storm warning continues through 10:00 a.m. Sunday. This end time gives you a good idea of when the snowpack will fall. It is a blizzard overnight and early Sunday morning.
South of the winter storm warning is a winter weather advisory for a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet. Kalamazoo, Lansing, Jackson, Flint, Lapeer and Sandusky are on the winter weather advisory. You can expect up to 2 inches of snow and one-tenth of an inch of ice buildup.
Ann Arbor, Detroit and Oakland County are not on any winter weather advisories. You’ll be looking for light accumulations of snow, sleet, or freezing rain.
On the north side of the winter storm warning is a winter weather advisory for 3 to 5 inches of snow. This includes Ludington, Cadillac, Houghton Lake, Gladwin, Standish, Tawas, Oscoda, and Alpena. Traverse City is not in the winter weather advisory area.
Here’s the latest result from the human meteorologists at the National Weather Service. They use all the models to create the forecast.
Look for many reports of 6-7 inch snow from the Grand Rapids and Muskegon area to Saginaw, Bay Ctiy, Midland and north of Thumb. There may be an isolated spot or two that has 8 inches of snow.
Flint and Lansing should have around 4 inches of snow.
Kalamazoo, Jackson, Ann Arbor and Detroit are in the 1 to 3 inch snow band. The further south you are, the more you can plan in 1 inch and not 3 inches.
North of the heavy snow area, Traverse City should have 2-3 inches of snow.
The snow should end by 7:00 am on the west side of Michigan and 10:00 am on the east side.