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Michigan is bracing for more icy and potentially damaging weather as crews wrap up efforts to restore power to those affected by last week's ice storms .

The National Weather Service says accumulating snow and ice are expected across Michigan, with blowing snow and hazardous travel Tuesday. Snow and freezing rain are possible into Wednesday. The Upper Peninsula is expected to get the biggest snow accumulations.

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The early February thaw has melted away dangerously icy roads, but it’s also raising river levels across West Michigan. Sixteen inches of melting snow melting in a short amount of time has to go somewhere.

The National Weather Service tells us we’ve experienced similar mid-winter melts before. The ground is frozen, blanketed with a foot or more of snow. And then, prolonged winds out of the south usher temperatures in the 40s and 50s.

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The Polar Vortex is retreating northward ushering in warmer temperatures from the southwest. The abrupt weekend warm-up is a dramatic swing of as much as 80 degrees in some parts of the Great Lakes region. WGVU spoke with a National Weather Service meteorologist about what’s behind the abrupt temperature shift.

The National Weather Service at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport tells us the arctic air mass begins moving out of Michigan late Saturday morning. Daytime temperatures will rise above freezing.

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National Weather Service meteorologist William Marino has more than 40 years of forecasting experience. WGVU asked him how does he characterizes the winter storm and the arctic cold associated with it.

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Life-threatening cold and a Winter Storm Warning are gripping West Michigan. For the latest on the cold and snow

WGVU spokes with National Weather Service meteorologist William Marino. With more than 40 years of forecasting how does he characterize the winter storm and the arctic cold associated with it? 

“This is extremely unusual. We have several of us, me being a climate person especially, have researched this issue. The last time we had something even remotely like this was in 1994.”

What took place back in 1994?

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The National Weather Service says portions of downtown Grand Rapids, Comstock Park and North Park are under the gun as flood waters continue to rise across West Michigan.

It was five years ago when the region experienced what was defined as a 100 year flood. WGVU headed down to the Grand River where forecasters expect this week’s flooding to be nearly as severe as it was in 2013.

Rivers and streams across West Michigan are rising. The snowmelt and three to four inches of rain over a 48 hour period triggered flood warnings across the WGVU listening area.

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There are a number of Flood Warnings and Watches posted for rivers and streams in the WGVU listening area. Kent County Emergency Management is monitoring flooding potential.

The National Weather Service is forecasting rising temperatures and anticipating one to three inches of rain over the next two days. It’s a combination accelerating the snow melt and increasing the chances for flooding along low-lying areas and swollen streams and riverbanks.

National Weather Service testing new snow squall warnings

Nov 9, 2017

The National Weather Service is testing a new snow squall warning system designed to help motorists in whiteout conditions avoid chain reaction crashes at high speeds. During the winter, the agency now issues advisories and warnings involving storms that can last for a day or two over a wide area. Snow squalls, however, occur over a much smaller area and typically last less than an hour. 

Authorities say two people are missing after apparently being swept into Lake Superior as high waves and winds whipped Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The U.S. Coast Guard used a helicopter to search for the man and woman for several hours after they were reported missing Tuesday afternoon at Presque Isle Park in Marquette. The search was suspended, however, due to dangerous weather conditions. Names of those involved weren't immediately released.

Authorities say severe thunderstorms spawned a suspected tornado in western Michigan, knocking down a barn and blocking some roadways with debris. Strong storms moved across the state Monday night. The National Weather Service says radar showed the possible tornado near Freeport in Barry County and moving into parts of Kent and Ionia counties. No injuries were reported. 

The storms also caused scattered power outages. Heavy rains were reported, adding to flooding problems seen since the weekend.

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