The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for most of West Michigan starting late tonight and lasting through Thursday evening.

Here is the advisory issued for Kent County:

The Winter Storm Warning is in effect from until tomorrow night at 11:00 PM.

Hazardous Weather: Wet snow is expected to develop during the early morning hours near Route 10 then speed quickly south to near I-96 by sunrise. Snow will likely be heavy at times with some blowing and drifting during the daylight hours of Thursday.  Total snowfall 6 to 12 inches possible, more is not out of the question.  Strong north winds gusting to 45 mph Thursday... occasionally higher near Lake Michigan.

Impacts: Roads may become snow covered and slippery by early Thursday morning.  School and event cancellations possible.  Blowing and drifting snow possible.  Scattered power outages possible.

Precautionary / Preparedness Actions: The Michigan Department of Transportation reminds motorists to adjust speeds based on the conditions ...and to take it slow in ice and snow.  Weather preparedness information is available online at www.Ready.gov/Winter.

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