Winter storm warnings, advisories issued for 3+ inches of snow

Snow likely to fall in West Michigan on Thursday

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Our snowfall forecast is coming into focus ahead of an early springtime storm pushing toward the Great Lakes.

After a period of moderate to heavy rain through much of Wednesday, April 5, we'll see sub-freezing air begin to push in from north to south.

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Snow will begin accumulating by as early as midnight for areas north of U.S. 10.  As the cold air continues to plunge south, more counties will switch over to a wintry mix followed by all snow by Thursday afternoon and evening.

There will be an abrupt end to the heavy, wet snow by Thursday night and the outer bands of precipitation slide eastward. It's for this threat winter storm warning will go into effect early Thursday through late evening for Clare, Osceola, Mecosta and Isabella counties.

Lesser snow accumulations are expected in the Grand Rapids metro, where a winter weather advisory will be in effect.

As of the most recent forecast model runs, Grand Rapids is looking for snowfall totals closer to 2-3+ inches. Higher amounts will be mainly north of Kent County and away from the Lake Michigan shoreline.

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Much of the snow will initially melt on contact as ground temperatures are now above freezing but snowfall rates might be high enough at times to overpower the melting process.

Visibility may be greatly reduced at times with north winds sustained near 20-25 mph at times.

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