Strong storms out west could impact West Michigan early Monday

11 p.m. Sunday: An area of showers and thunderstorms in Minnesota could track into West Michigan early Monday.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Massive thunderstorms have been bubbling up in Minnesota this evening, and atmospheric conditions are ripe for severe weather to our west.

A few showers are already working through parts of West Michigan into Sunday evening, but the main event is still several hundred miles off to our west.

If the storms in Minnesota hold together, we can expect heavy rain and strong winds to move through our area during the early morning hours Monday, July 10.

Again, the greatest threat for severe weather is to our west but if those storms gain enough momentum and maintain their current path, they could form what's known as a MCS -- a Mesoscale Convective System, capable of sustaining itself for several hours as it propagates downwind.  

These systems can leave large swaths of destruction from high winds in their wake should they reach severe criteria.

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Current timing and location place the line of storms at lakeshore communities from Muskegon all the way down to Benton Harbor at 7 a.m. Remember, this timing is not exact as the storms still have to work their way toward our area for the next several hours and cross Lake Michigan.

Areas inland like Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo would start to see impacts closer to 8 or 9 a.m. The entire system is expected to weaken as it heads farther east and should clear the area by noon.

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