‘Near blizzard conditions’ expected.

January 4, 2022

‘Near blizzard conditions’ expected.

OCEANA COUNTY — The US National Weather Service in Grand Rapids has issued a winter storm warning for west Michigan, including Oceana County.

NWS issued the warning Tuesday, Jan. 4, shortly after 11 a.m.

In addition to Oceana County, impacted counties include Mason, Lake, Newaygo, Muskegon, Ottawa, Kent and Allegan.

The warning remains in effect from 4 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, to 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 6

Expect heavy snow and strong winds. Total snow accumulations of 4-9 inches are expected, along with winds gusting as high as 50 mph.

“Travel could be very difficult,” states NWS. “Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Scattered power outages are possible.

“Near blizzard conditions and occasional whiteouts may occur. Localized heavy lake effect snow and hazardous travel conditions could continue into Thursday and Thursday night for portions of western lower Michigan.

“If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.”

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