This morning, Clark Lake is wearing its grey coat, and looking quite calm.   Is a storm ahead?

The National Weather Service has issued an hazardous weather outlook, that includes Jackson County.  As you will see, the prediction suggests our weather will be less severe than west and north of us. You can keep up to date on the latest forecast for our area on the main page of this website.

Today and Tonight

Rain will be heavy at times this afternoon into tonight. This may well result in localized flooding in typically flood prone areas. The rain is expected to change to snow after midnight north of Grand Rapids. By sunrise all areas north and west of I-69 should be seeing some snow. Significant accumulations are expected north of Grand Rapids by then, some areas may already have over 3 inches.

Thursday through Tuesday

Thursday will be a snowy and windy day north and west of I-69. Storm total snowfall may approach 12 inches on some places north of Grand Rapids, by evening. The strong winds and snow falling
heavy at times may cause numerous travel issues north and west of I-69. There is a chance of strong thunderstorms later Monday into Tuesday morning. Locally heavy rain is possible.

Consumers Energy offers this advisory

“A storm system entering Michigan late [today] could bring high winds and wet snow to the central and northern portions of Michigan with high winds and rain in the south. Winds will increase Thursday morning into the afternoon and will cover most of the state. This active weather pattern may include wind gusts over 50 mph and over 5 inches of snow, which could result in power outages. Consumers Energy is monitoring the weather closely, mobilizing resources and making other preparations to quickly respond to any service interruptions.”
Consumers recommends a visit to www.ConsumersEnergy.com/OutageCenter for helpful tips. At this location, you access the online outage map, report an outage and sign up to receive power restoration updates.

Most of yesterday was grey.  But just as it set, the sun peered through the clouds with the reassurance that it’s still with us. 

This is not an unusual phenomena–overcast or stormy all day, then a brief glimpse of a sunset.  Then the next morning, there is a reset to the previous day’s look.  Below, a photo taken at 10:30 am today.

On April 1st, Clark Lake offered this sunset.