Snowstorm’s Snowfall Piles Up Over a Foot in Parts of West Michigan [Infographic]
Welcome back to winter, with snowfall totals from the snowstorm plowing into greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan piling up more than a foot of the white, fluffy stuff, according to the National Weather Service’s Grand Rapids Office.
Plus, more — 2 to four inches is being forecast — is coming along with wind chills below zero degrees, gusting winds up to 30 miles per hour and blowing and drifting snow making travel hazardous with a winter storm warning in effect until this afternoon.
Snowfall totals reported this morning through 8:46 a.m. EST included:
- 15 inches in Lamont.
- 11.7 inches in Grandville.
- 11½ inches in Hudsonville — with 3 inches falling over the last 4½ hours.
- 10½ inches in Muskegon.
- 9 inches in Kalamazoo.
- 8.8 inches in Allegan.
- 8.5 inches in Fremont.
- 8.1 inches in Hopkins.
- 7.1 inches in East Grand Rapids.
- 6½ inches at the National Weather Service’s Grand Rapids Office.
- 6 inches in Caledonia.
- 6 inches in Hastings.
- 4.7 inches near Saranac.
- 4½ inches near Howard City.
A daily snowfall record of 5.2 inches was set at Grand Rapids for Jan. 8 on Thursday, breaking the old mark of 5.0 inches in 1952, according to the National Weather Service. The high was 17 degrees and low was 0 degrees on Thursday in Grand Rapids.
Just before 9 a.m., it was 12 degrees with a -4 degrees wind chill at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.
According to Michigan State Police, local sheriff’s and police departments, the Michigan Department of Transportation and local and county road commissions and the National Weather Service, rural roads up and down the Lakeshore are impassible with deep drifts. Lake effect snow continues today.
The Kent County Road Commission reported its crews were working all night on highways and main roads. With the temperatures and wind chills keeping roads ice and slippery, it suggested doubling travel time and maintaining reduced speeds.
To stay safe during cold weather, authorities recommend:
- Staying indoors, if possible. If you must go outside, wear protective gear.
- Watch for signs of frostbite, which include loss of feeling or pale appearance of fingers, toes or face.
- Watch for signs of hypothermia, which include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, drowsiness and exhaustion.
- Understand the hazards of wind chill. As wind speed increases, heat is carried away from a person’s body more rapidly and could lead to severe hypothermia.
- Remove clothing if it gets damp or wet. Wet clothing can make you more prone to hypothermia.
- Weather-proof doors and windows to trap heat inside your home.
- Check heating units. Poorly operating or damaged heating units can release carbon monoxide gas. Test carbon monoxide detectors for proper operation and battery life.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance.
- Watch pets closely and keep them indoors when possible. Animals can suffer from hypothermia, frostbite and other cold weather injuries.
- Check and restock your emergency preparedness kit. If you don’t have a kit, make one.
- Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a full tank of gas and an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle. Put warm clothing — such as gloves, blankets and hats — in your kit in case you become stranded.
KCRC safety tips in time for the snow fall: PLEASE DON'T CROWD THE PLOW! pic.twitter.com/eE2kgkniIq
— Kent County Road Com (@MIKCRC) January 8, 2015