West Michigan could see up to 10 inches of snow this week


While Metro Detroit could see some lake effect snow showers this week - the western part of Michigan is bracing for nearly a foot of snow.

A winter weather advisory begins at 4 a.m. Wednesday to 10 a.m. Thursday for Mason, Lake, Osceola, Oceana, Newaygo, Muskegon, Ottawa, Kent, Allegan, Barry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties.

The National Weather Service is calling for up to 10 inches of snow.

Other hazards include blowing and drifting snow, 

If you're planning on heading west this week, expect reduced visibility and dangerous driving conditions for the next couple of days.

There is also a gale warning going into effect at 10 p.m. Tuesday for the offshore area of Lake Michigan, calling for waves up to 18 feet and gales up to 46 mph.

In Metro Detroit (from Brandon Roux): 

Lake effect snow showers could be heavy at times as scattered snow squalls move in from Lake Michigan. For most of us it will be lighter snow showers with a dusting and blowing snow will be an issues as we drive around Metro Detroit. The conditions will worsen as you head west toward Lake Michigan. Those winds tomorrow will blow W 15-25 mph gusting over 30 mph at times. Brrrrr!

More cold air and scattered, light snow showers Thursday. Morning lows in the teens and highs only in the low 20s with winds WSW 10-20 mph will make it feel like single digits all day. A couple of days in a row of this make it a dangerous cold so layer up and avoid long stints outside if you can. Cold air sticks around through the weekend but with little to no precipitation expected after Thursday. You can stay ahead of the cold, snow, and rain with the Local4Casters app and take the weather with you.

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