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Blizzard warnings end, winter weather alerts continue Monday

Blizzard conditions are no longer expected in West Michigan, but that doesn't mean the winter weather is done yet! Meteorologist Michael Behrens has the latest!
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Winter alerts as of 10:40 pm on 12/24/2022.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Blizzard conditions came to an end over West Michigan on Saturday evening, but the snowfall did not. Heavy bands of lake-effect snow continued Saturday night and they are expected to do so through most of Christmas Day!

This fresh snowfall will come with breezy winds as well, just not up to blizzard levels. We can expect to see winds that blow from 10-20+ MPH throughout the day on Sunday, starting to diminish by Sunday night. 

The eastern counties of the 13 On Your Side viewing area are no longer under any kind of winter alert, but the counties that were previously under a Blizzard Warning are now under a Winter Weather Advisory through 7 pm on Sunday night. 

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Winter alerts as of 10:40 pm on 12/24/2022.

Areas under the advisory, who will be seeing the heaviest additional snowfall, could still see a widespread 1-4+ inches of snow between now and the end of Sunday. A snowfall projection map can be seen below. 

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Snowfall still expected to fall on Christmas Day.

Travel conditions, especially in the hardest hit regions, will likely remain poor through the day on Sunday, as the additional snowfall comes down. This snow will add to totals that had already reached 20+ inches in some spots by Saturday night. 

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Snowfall totals as of 12 am Christmas morning.

While the winds will still be blowing this snow around, wind gusts should peak in the 20 to 30 mph range on Sunday. However, when you combine these winds with temperatures still in the teens, wind chills will remain in the single digits to sub-zero on Sunday and even into Monday. 

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Wind chill forecast starting 12/24/2022.

While conditions are generally improving, some areas may still see difficult or impossible travel through Sunday, so make sure you are staying weather aware, staying safe, staying warm, and sticking with 13 On Your Side for the very latest news and weather information! 

-- Meteorologist Michael Behrens

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