With highs in the 50s and lots of sunshine, the first few days of December have felt like a dream to West Michigan, but winter is arriving Tuesday.

A strong cold front swept through West Michigan Monday night, bringing drastic temperature changes in its wake. Blustery west winds will usher in arctic air, causing Tuesday's temperatures to fall to freezing by the end of the day.

Temperatures slide down to around freezing by the end of the day. Wind chills will be in the 20s and teens while winds stay strong.  (Photo: WZZM 13 News)

Winds will be gusty as this storm system moves through. Wind gusts will be 40 mph or higher through Tuesday.

Wind Advisories are in place for all of West Michigan until 7 PM Tuesday. Winds will be strong and gusty through the day, potentially causing more power outages.  (Photo: WZZM 13 News)
Wind gusts may exceed 40 mph at times today as sustained winds will be 15-25 mph inland, and 20-30 mph on the lakeshore.  (Photo: WZZM 13 News)

Long-term temperatures will feature sub-freezing highs. The cold air will be enough to set up lake-effect snow showers starting Wednesday. These snow showers will likely be light through the week, leading to minor accumulations.

Lake-effect snow begins late Wednesday and will bring light accumulations each day. By the end of the weekend, several inches of accumulation are likely, especially west of US-131. (Photo: WZZM 13 News)

Reinforcing shots of arctic air through the extended forecast keep lake-effect snow showers around.Unseasonably cold air remains locked in the Great Lakes through the middle of December. ►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.