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Expect Mother Nature to Play Some Tricks with Halloween Weather on Friday

Mother Nature may have tricks of her own to play, with high winds, rain and snow being forecast by the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office for Friday.

That's going to make for some possibly challenging conditions for trick-or-treating on Halloween.

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Grand Rapids National Weather Service: Torrential Downpours and Isolated Severe Storms Today

The National Weather Service's Grand Rapids office reports:
Potential for torrential downpours and isolated severe storms this afternoon and evening."

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Strong Storms Pound West Michigan, More Coming [Video]

Extremely strong thunderstorms ripped through portions of West Michigan on Saturday, leaving some pretty significant damage.

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Detroit Deals With Heavy Snow And Bitter Cold
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Snowed Out: Closings

It's been that time of year for snow and icy weather in Grand Rapids and West Michigan, and you can never really be sure how much it will bring.

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Minnesota Farmer Builds Giant 50-Foot-Tall Snowman [Video]

For the last month and a half, Foley farmer Greg Novak has been busy building a 50-foot tall snowman.

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Greater Grand Rapids: Top 5 Weather Events of 2013 [Video]

It was a year for the record books in 2013 in West Michigan.

At least so says the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office, which issued its annual climate summary report this week.

There was the April flooding that swamped locales along the Grand River and other area tributaries

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Weather Alert: It’s Still Winter [Video]

The arctic blast gripping Grand Rapids and West Michigan is expected to loosen today, according to the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office and WZZM-TV, Channel 13.

The temperature reached a high of 8 degrees and a low a minus-1 degree Tuesday, with wind chills as low a 20 degrees-plus below zero at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.

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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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Wintry Wonderland in Grand Rapids

Well, we survived the onslaught of snow.

Now, we bundle up to deal with the ridiculously low wind chills and more lake-effect snow!

In Grand Rapids, we were fortunate to have not been dumped on as bad as areas south.
I just saw that Four Winds Casino closed! How crazy is that?

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Area School Closings

It's been that time of year for snow and icy weather in Grand Rapids and West Michigan, and you can never really be sure how much it will bring.

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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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