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Greater Grand Rapids: Stuck in Polar Mode [Video]

Good morning. Welcome to the artic. You've been officially temporarily moved to a polar region.

Michigan and the Midwest are stuck in a polar vortex, according to the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office. Typically, such an arctic blast -- or wintry hurricane -- only hits northeastern Canada a la Ontario, Quebec and regions further north.

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Arctic Grip: Snow, Winds and Cold Combine for Sub-Zero Climes, Dangerous Conditions [Video]

The arctic blast is going to continue its grip on Grand Rapids and West Michigan through Wednesday, the National Weather Service’s Grand Rapids office said Monday afternoon.

Snow and windy conditions are creating near-blizzard conditions and sub-zero temperatures with wind chills in the minus-20 degree range with a winter storm advisory across greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan. Highs are only expected to reach the single digits up to 10 degrees.

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Consumers Energy Fixing Power Outages in Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan

This will remembered as the Christmas without power for many.

FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE: As of 4:30 a.m. Friday, 52,000 Consumers Energy customers were without electricity. Since noon Saturday, the winter storm caused more than 377,000 outages across Michigan.

Among the counties most affected by the outages still are Kent, with 313 customers without power; Barry, 6,754; Ionia, 1,909; Kalamazoo, 187; and Calhoun, 739.

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Power Restoration Continues in Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan [Video]

Despite some extra efforts, Christmas is a powerless holiday for many in greater Grand Rapids and across West Michigan because of snow, cold and the lingering effects of a weekend ice storm, officials said Tuesday.

More than 152,000 electricity customers of Consumers Energy were without power headed into Tuesday evening.

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Powerless Christmas for 37,000-plus in Grand Rapids and West Michigan

It’s going to be a powerless Christmas for many households in Grand Rapids and elsewhere across West Michigan because of a weekend ice storm and a continued wintry mix including snow, officials said Monday night.

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Sunday Grand Rapids Forecast: ‘Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful’ [Video]

There's only one way to sum up this Sunday morning: Slippery and treacherous.

Authorities across West Michigan report ice-, slush- and snow-covered roads, the result of a wintry mix dumped overnight.

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Saturday Snowstorm Over; Lake Effect Begins Overnight

 

Don't get too comfortable with the idea of snow not falling from the sky.

The storm that dropped snow on Saturday is moving out of Michigan, but winds will be shifting overnight and will give us lake effect snow all day Sunday.

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Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink Will Likely Close Right After It Opens Due To Weather

The Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink is set to open Friday, November 30th in correspondence with the Grand Rapids Art Museum's Tree Lighting Ceremony, but it won't remain open for long. The high on Friday may only be in the 40s, but with temperatures expected to raise to around 60 this weekend, the rink will likely not be open for real until early next week.

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How To Turn Left In The UP [Video]

We just recently had a dusting of snow here in Grand Rapids, so the heavy stuff is soon to be here over the next few weeks. Driving for sure will be terrible and we will have accidents everywhere. Driving in the snow can be dangerous, but it reminds us, how we turn left in Michigan in the winter.

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How Have You Spent The Heatwave Of 2012? – Poll Of The Day

Hot enough for ya?!

It's not going to last for much longer, soon we'll have to find a way to suffer through 60 degree temps...not to shabby for March in West Michigan.

It seems everyone is trying to take advantage of the record setting heat.  What have you been doing to enjoy the warm weather?

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Record Setting Heat Continues In West Michigan

If you are into unseasonable temperatures, this is the week for you.  Today marks the 10th day in a row for temperatures above 60 degrees.  One more day like this (which we will have) and a new record will be set for consecutive days above 60 degrees in March.  Today will also shatter a record set 1921, Grand Rapids will reach 86° - over 10° warmer than the 1921 record.

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Heatwave Hits West Michigan

It's hot and it's going to stay that way for a while in West Michigan.

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