The rising storm system will blow strong winds to Michigan until today and next Sunday. The cold will move suddenly at the rear of the storm and bring a considerable round of lake-effect snow to areas in the snow belt.
Today, the wind will be the wind from the south, actually only strong on the south shore of Lake Superior. By Sunday morning, the wind will change to northwest wind. This will concentrate the wind along the western coastline of Lower Michigan and the western coastline of Thumb.
The low southeast area had the lowest gusts on Sunday, between 35 mph and 45 mph.
There will be large wind gusts ranging from 40 mph to 45 mph in the southwest lowlands. From the southern part of Muskegon to the Great Haven, South Haven and all the coastline areas of Benton Harbor, Sunday gusts will reach 45 mph to 50 mph.
Wind gusts will reach 50 miles per hour in the lakeshore areas of the lower and upper northwest coastline. There may be wind gusts of up to 70 mph on the east of the Lake Superior coastline.
Below, you can see how different wind directions today and Sunday focus on the biggest wind gusts in different areas.
In the forecast below, the wave height in the deep red area may be 12 to 15 feet.
As a result, the areas you expect will have wind direction advisories and lakeshore flood warnings.
Once cold air enters, it will produce lake effect snow. There is enough cold air to blow out moderate to heavy lake snow. The limiting factor will actually be too strong. The strong wind does not allow the air to stay on the lake long enough that a true lake-effect snow belt cannot be established. Once the wind speed exceeds 25 mph, we find that the course of the lake effect is limited.
Kalkaska, Fife Lake and Manton in the lower northwest may have the most snow, over 4 inches. The surrounding area, including parts of Traverse City, will be 2 to 4 inches.
Most areas of the Lower Southwest should be kept below 1 inch of snow. There may be some scattered spots rising to 2 inches.
If you are not ready for the winter weather all day, don’t worry. We have a big shift in the upcoming temperature, and it should last for several weeks.