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A Snowy Afternoon

A weakening storm system will pass through the area this afternoon into this evening with light snow. However, the snow my be briefly heavy at times west of Battle Creek and south of I-96 during the mid to late afternoon. Most areas in southwest Michigan will get less than an inch of snow today. Between I-96 and I-94 up to 2 inches of snow is expected. Roads may become icy . Read More >

Tuesday afternoon and evening saw a line of thunderstorms moving across Southwest Lower Michigan. Parts of Grand Rapids, especially Kentwood and East Grand Rapids, had numerous tree branches and several trees knocked down by the strong winds. Strong winds can be seen approaching the radar on the right side of the animation below. Rain was intense but brief with many locations reporting an inch or more in half an hour or less.

500 PM Grand Rapids radar storm echoes (left) and winds (right)

Shortly after 8 PM, the line of storms reached the city of Jackson and produced extensive power outages on the west side due to numerous tree limbs coming down on power lines. A large tree also fell on a vehicle and briefly trapped a woman and her young child.

800 PM Detroit radar view of Storms over Jackson