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Freezing rain, strong winds and snow will accompany the next storm

Another storm will spread a mixed bag of precipitation mainly north starting early Saturday.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A less-powerful storm is poised to impact West Michigan starting Saturday morning. It has the potential to produce a little bit of everything, including strong easterly winds.

Powerful easterly winds will accompany the system. Wind gusts could exceed 30 mph at times by Saturday afternoon. Because of the offshore winds, coastal flooding and beach erosion won't be issues with this event on our side of Lake Michigan.

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Strong easterly winds will accompany an area of low pressure. The strongest winds occur overnight Saturday into early Sunday.

Precipitation will begin Saturday morning. It should be mostly light snow to the north. Areas along and south of I-96 should see mainly light rain.

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Freezing rain and even some snow could accompany another storm beginning early Saturday.

Another concern with this storm is the threat for ice. Starting Saturday night, there is the potential for several hours of freezing rain. Communities north of I-96 have the greatest potential for this ice. Travel north of Kent County could become more difficult by early Sunday as a result.

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The European forecast model continues to highlight the threat for freezing rain beginning Saturday night.

The heaviest precipitation and the greatest impacts from this storm will be felt to the north overnight Saturday and early Sunday. 

The storm pulls away on Sunday. However, scattered, light precipitation will continues throughout the day.

Temperatures will tumble behind a cold front. Highs by Monday and Tuesday of next week will only be in the mid-30s, several degrees cooler than average.



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