Keep your shovel handy: A week of snow showers ahead

Much of West Michigan saw snow on Saturday for the first time in weeks.
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West Michigan, prepare for a snowy week ahead! 

Snow showers will be a common sight Monday through Friday. A couple 'clipper' systems bring widespread snow and drag in cold air, resulting in lake-effect showers. 

The first system moved in Monday morning. Light to moderate snow showers will be around West Michigan through the day as highs edge close to freezing. Once the system moves east, arctic air moves in and winds increase, causing lake-effect snow showers. 

Hazardous driving conditions will be a concern Monday night through Wednesday morning. That's because the lake-effect snow bands paired with blowing winds will cause poor visibility and lasting slick roads. 

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Lakeshore counties are in a winter storm warning starting Monday at 10 p.m. Interior counties are in a winter weather advisory also starting at 10 p.m. These winter alerts will last until Wednesday morning. 

Snow accumulations will be 1-3 inches on Monday for all of West Michigan. Amounts will vary with lake-effect snow, but some lakeshore communities may have 6" or more of snow through Wednesday morning. 

Another fast-moving system comes through Wednesday and leaves lake-effect snow showers Thursday and Friday. The weekend is currently forecast to be dry. 

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Laura Hartman is a meteorologist at WZZM 13. You can contact her by email at, or follow her on Facebook or Twitter