West Central Michigan
The QDMA REACH Program
REACH is an aggressive national education and outreach program from the Quality Deer Management Association that benefits hunters, landowners and deer managers in several ways. REACH is the acronym for Research, Educate, Advocate, Certify and Hunt.
Dave Bopp, President
Jim Blaszak, Vice President:
Frigid temps, snow as arctic blast hits
The coldest air we have seen in several years has come to West Michigan.
Temperatures will be near zero inland (as cold as -5 northeast of Grand Rapids) with lows holding around +5 along the lakeshore from Port Sheldon to the Indiana border. Wind chills could be as low as -10 to -15.
A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect until 11 a.m. Tuesday for Branch County; and until 1 p.m. Tuesday for Ionia, Mecosta and Montcalm counties.
A Lake Effect Snow Advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday for Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Kent, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ottawa, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties.
Lake-effect snow showers will continue into Wednesday, mainly west of U.S. 131, with an additional 1 to 3 inches of snow expected to fall in favorable lakeshore areas, including southwest Kent County and western Kalamazoo County, with just a few flurries northeast and east of Grand Rapids. Total snow accumulations by Tuesday morning will range up to 4 to 8 inches in the counties that border Lake Michigan into southwest Kent and Western Kalamazoo counties, and only an inch east and northeast of Grand Rapids.
Snow-covered roads will cause a slower travel. Brisk winds will also contribute to reduced visibility and cause some drifting snow and possible whiteout conditions. Roads may be snow-covered and slippery through Wednesday.