Significant change to Thursday night and Friday snow forecast

Parents and local media were notified by e-mail at 5:10 a.m.

Areas could get more or less snow depending on the track of the storm, so stay aware of the changing forecasts.

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. That means no parking is allowed on city streets until noon on February 9.

"The latest thinking is that snow will end a little earlier than previously expected, with activity tapering off from northwest to southeast during the afternoon", meteorologists from the Grand Rapids office said. "Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel hard over some locations", Environment Canada said on its website. There is going to be a sharp cut-off with potential snow totals, which is why we will have to wait to create a snowfall map.

There's a slight chance for snow on Tuesday with a high near 33, the Weather Service said. Snow across southern and central MI ranged from 7 inches on the western side of the state to more than 2 inches in the Detroit area. The heaviest snow will move through Thursday night, with lighter amounts as snow winds down Friday morning.

By midnight snowfall totals could easily be between 3 and 4-inches and by 6AM Friday from 6 to 8-inches.

The weather service says snow will start falling by late Thursday afternoon, continuing throughout the day Friday.

According to Ray Stagich at the Weather Channel, more snow is on the way, six to ten inches likely, possibly a foot in some isolated areas. High temperatures Friday are in the upper teens.

Temperatures will reach the mid-40s before dropping during the overnight hours - dipping into the 20s by Thursday morning.

Drivers should be prepared for extreme winter driving conditions with snow and ice coating most roads.

Friday's storm will move in around 3 a.m. and is a slow mover.

  • Leroy Wright