New Year’s Day storm timeline, high snow spots becoming more specific

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Details of Michigan’s New Year’s storms become more specific as the weather system tracks closer to the Great Lakes, according to the latest analysis from the National Weather Service’s local meteorologists.

Some spots with heavy accumulation, dangerous travel conditions and even some stormy winds on the Great Lakes are likely to be wrapped up in this first winter storm system of 2022, arriving on Saturday.

The system’s tracks have slowed down a bit and appear to be falling a little further south into the Ohio Valley, so there’s still plenty of room with this New Year’s snow view, NWS staff said.

“A storm system will bring accumulating snow to parts of Lower Michigan this holiday weekend,” NWS employees in Grand Rapids said today. “Details are still uncertain, including location-specific accumulation amounts. However, significant travel impacts are likely, mainly from Saturday evening to Sunday morning.”

Let’s take a look at the latest details from Thursday:

  • The timeline for snow to move into the lower half of the lower peninsula is Saturday afternoon to Saturday evening.
  • The snow decreases on Sunday.
  • This snow could mean significant travel impacts for southern Michigan.
  • The heaviest snow is expected to be closest to the I-94 corridor. There is potential for 5 to 7 inches.
  • Moderate snow is expected along the I-96 corridor. The weather forecast right now is 3 to 5 inches.
  • Lighter snow is the further north you get, with only 1 to 2 inches along US 10.
January 1, 2022 weather forecast

The snow is expected to begin on Saturday and subside until Sunday. Graphics provided by National Weather Service.

In the northern parts of the lower peninsula, the NWS expects snow to begin creeping into the area late Saturday, then shift to some snow effect of the lake. Some spots could see a few inches of new snow. The upper peninsula is expected to have snow effects on the lake and gusts of wind during the holiday weekend, which at times makes travel difficult.

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