March comes in like a lion with powerful winter storm

A powerful storm will produce rain, wind and eventually snow on Thursday.

After record warmth Wednesday, a powerful winter storm will bring snow back to West Michigan on Thursday.

Two systems will merge over lower Michigan, intensifying into a much larger storm.

Rain will be the main concern Thursday morning. Areas south of I-96 will see the highest rainfall amounts. Area rivers continue to recede after the weekend flooding. The added rain will only delay the falling river levels.

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Expect the rain to shift to snow by late morning. Temperatures should remain above freezing during most of the event, so roads should remain wet.

The combination of snow and strong winds will limit visibility at times. The greatest impacts from snow and wind will be between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday, March 1.

There's the potential for as much as 4 to 7 inches of heavy, wet snow southeast of Kent County from this storm. Areas north and west of Grand Rapids will see little to no snow.

The system will quickly depart West Michigan Thursday evening. The snow that is on the ground Thursday night will likely melt Friday with sunshine and highs around 40.

A winter weather advisory continues through 11 PM Thursday because of a combination of strong winds and heavy, wet snow.

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