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.

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.

Winter weather alerts are in place for West Michigan, beginning Monday at 10 p.m.  (Photo: WZZM 13 News)

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.

48-hour forecast snowfall totals will be greatest on the lakeshore. 6" or more is possible in places where the lake-effect bands linger the longest.  (Photo: WZZM 13 News)
Wind speeds increase Monday night and stay blustery into Wednesday morning. Gusty winds paired with lake-effect snow will make driving difficult.  (Photo: WZZM 13 News)

Another fast-moving system comes through Wednesday and leaves lake-effect snow showers Thursday and Friday. The weekend is currently forecast to be dry. ►Make it easy to keep up to date with more stories like this. Download the WZZM 13 app now.Laura Hartman is a meteorologist at WZZM 13. You can contact her by email at lhartman@wzzm13.com, or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.