It's the first real taste of winter for West Michigan, and it's going to be brutal.
A strong low pressure system has passed through the Great Lakes, resulting in a temperature decrease of more than 30 degrees in less than 24 hours. The cold air on the backside of the low pressure is being brought in by strong west-northwest winds that will stay strong Saturday.
These strong winds and cold air is enough to produce lake-effect snow showers. Accumulations will be less than an inch for most, while a few areas along the traditional lake-effect band set up may have 1-3 inches by Sunday morning.
A winter weather advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for most of West Michigan and will continue until midnight Sunday. The largest threat today will be reduced visibility from blowing snow and a few slick spots on roadways.
Lake Michigan waters will be churning while waves build to 11-13 feet Saturday afternoon. Piers are a dangerous place to be and folks are advised to stay far away from the water.
Snow showers wind down early Sunday, and winds will decrease too. Temperatures, however, remain in the chilly 30s for the next several days.