A combination of snow, wind, and falling temperatures will cause a tricky afternoon around West Michigan Friday. Snow will develop from north to south around midday and continue through the afternoon before winding down this evening.
As a cold front moves through the region, winds will shift to the north and pick up late in the day, causing the potential for blowing snow. Temperatures dropping into the 20s this afternoon and evening will likely result in ice forming on many roads as well.
Snow totals will run about one to three inches across the area through this evening. The lowest numbers will likely be near the Indiana border, with the highest east of Grand Rapids. In a more typical winter, that sort of snowfall would not be cause for much concern, but drivers have gotten out of practice with messy travel conditions.
There was no measurable snow during the first nine days of February in Grand Rapids. Season snowfall was a measly 32.2 inches which is around two feet below average for this point in the winter. In addition, the daily average temperature was more than nine degrees above normal.
Saturday and Sunday will feature intervals of sunshine with a few scattered light snow showers or flurries. Afternoon highs on Saturday will only be in the mid 20s, but will be back up near 30 by Sunday. For further weather updates watch FOX 17 NEWS or go to fox17online.com.