Icy concerns as polar vortex moves out of W MI

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Ice is going to be a big concern over the next few days as the bitterly cold Arctic air retreats from West Michigan.

Icy roads will cause hazardous travel conditions, with a quick meltdown creating the potential for ice jams .

West Michigan is recovering from extreme winter weather. This week's visit from the polar vortex has had us rewriting the record books. Kalamazoo set back-to-back records, including shattering a record low temperature that had stood since 1899. The mercury dropped to -18 Thursday morning (the old record of -15 was set in 1899). Wednesday's low of -15 broke the old record of -13 from 1951. Grand Rapids experienced its coldest morning of the season, with a Thursday morning low temperature of -10. Wind chills through the stretch have been ranging from -25 to -45, creating dangerous conditions.

Milder air is gradually going to return. Friday morning's lows will be around zero with wind chills of -5 to -15. By mid-day Friday, wind chills will finally reach positive territory. Afternoon high temperatures will reach the mid-teens.

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