Heavy weekend snow update, 1 inch per hour in parts of Michigan – MLive.com

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The National Weather Service has updated its forecast for Saturday night’s rain and snow headed for parts of Michigan, with one section of the Lower Peninsula slated to get 3-5 inches of dense, heavy snow.

Snowfall rates could top an inch per hour in some spots.

Here’s what we know heading into Saturday night:

* Areas close to I-94 like Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and stretching east toward Jackson will see the highest snowfall, at 3 to 5 inches, the NWS said. Heavy snow falling at an inch per hour could occur between 8 p.m. tonight and 2 a.m. Sunday. The precipitation may start out as rain before changing to snow. Heavy slush could accumulate on roads, so leave extra travel time. Travel is expected to become more difficult in this area after sunset.

* Areas closer to Grand Rapids and Lansing, along the I-96 corridor, could see up to 3 inches of snow between tonight and 1 a.m. Sunday. The farther south you are, the heavier snow amount you could see.

* Areas north of M-46, in a line from roughly Muskegon to Alma, might not see any snow.

Any snow that falls tonight will melt off on Sunday, when the Lower Peninsula will see sunny skies and temps climbing into the mid-50s.

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