The National Weather Service (NWS) has reported that a Winter Storm Warning is in effect for much of the western side of Michigan today.
The Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 7 AM EST on Thursday. 4 to 10 inches of snow are expected with winds as high as 45 miles per hour.
Cities affected by the Winter Storm Warning include Ludington, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland, Baldwin, Hart, Fremont, and Jenison.
"Travel could become very difficult. Areas of blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions will greatly impact the evening commute," the NWS released in a statement.
"Winds will gust into the 40 to 50 mph range near the lake shore and up to 40 mph inland into this evening. Occasional whiteouts will occur this afternoon into tonight. Localized heavy lake effect snow and hazardous travel conditions will continue into Thursday and Thursday night for portions of western Lower Michigan," the statement also said.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for much of the central region of the state. The advisory is also in effect until 7 AM EST on Thursday.
1 to 4 inches of snow are expected with winds still around 45 miles per hour. The cities affected by the advisory include Reed City, Clare, Big Rapids, Greenville, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Hastings, and Alma.
"Snow shower coverage and intensity, as well as the winds, will increase substantially by early this afternoon. Occasional whiteouts will occur today," the NWS released in an additional statement.
The NWS advises people to slow down and use caution while driving. They also advise keeping a flashlight, food, water, and warm clothes in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
For more information, click the following link to go to the National Weather Service website: https://www.weather.gov/grr/
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