Freezing rain could make for icy morning commute Wednesday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — At this time last week, West Michigan was turning into a glacier. A surge of warmer temperatures arrived this week, virtually wiping out the snowpack.

Colder temperatures will build in Tuesday behind a cold front, laying down the foundation for freezing rain Tuesday night as the next surge of moisture arrives.

If you have any evening plans, your travel should be fine until around 9 p.m. Tuesday as moisture will start to arrive from the west.

There will be a striation of temperatures Tuesday night from north to south with readings hanging around freezing. The net result is varying precipitation types. Unfortunately, the dominate type will be freezing rain.

Different types of precipitation will fall tonight from north to south with the bulk falling as freezing rain.

Models place most of the freezing rain between I-96 to just south of I-94, down the I-69 corridor. They are consistent with measurable ice between one-tenth to four-tenths of an inch around Grand Rapids, south.

It only takes a very small amount of freezing rain to turn roads, parking lots and sidewalks into ice rinks.

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