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As Brutally Cold Winter Drags On, 80 Percent Of Lake Michigan Frozen
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Ice Already Forming On The Great Lakes

Winter has come early to West Michigan, as the nearly thirty inches of snow we received last week can testify. But there is more physical proof of the early freeze.

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Rachel Kramer
Rachel Kramer
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Lake Effect Snows Continue Through Friday with Rainy Weekend Forecast

Another round of lake-effect snow is being forecast through midday Friday and a messy weekend is ahead, according to the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office.

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Matt Milhouse
Matt Milhouse
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2014′s Snowiest Year in Grand Rapids History Through November 19

Add the finish Grand Rapids had to last winter to the start we've seen this season and 2014 is the snowiest calendar year on record for Grand Rapids through November 19.

It's not even close.

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WYRK/YouTube
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Lake Effect Storm Rolling Into Buffalo Is Scary And Awesome At Once [Video]

Lake Effect snow is something few understand outside of the Great Lakes, and while we certainly have been feeling it early weight this week, nothing compares to the six feet of snow dumped on the Buffalo area.

This video shows the storm gathering moisture and rolling in off Lake Erie, much like "The Fog" from the Stephen King novel.

This is the video Jojo referenced when talking with Jeff Musial, the Animal Guy, Wednesday morning.

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Hedda Gjerpen/ThinkStock
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All 50 States Saw Freezing Temperatures Tuesday

We here in West Michigan were not on our own on Tuesday when it came to the freezing temps and snow. Every single state in the country had a reporting station somewhere in the state below freezing on Tuesday morning.

That even includes Hawaii, where the temperature at Mauna Kea on the Big Island dropped was only 31 degrees.

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images
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Are You A Weather Warrior Or A Weather Weenie?

Did you wake up this morning dreading the drive, or was your body pumped with adrenaline, looking forward to the thrill?

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zest_marina/ThinkStock
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How to Avoid Dreaded Second Shovel

The joy you feel after finally clearing your driveway can be dashed pretty quickly by a passing snowplow, but there are now tips to help avoid the dreaded "second shovel."

The County Road Association of Michigan released an infographic on Monday to help show where to put shoveled driveway snow so that a plow won't push it back into the end of the driveway. Hopefully making it so that you won't have to shovel the end of your driveway again.

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Joshua Lott, Getty Images
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Hazardous Travel Warning Issued by National Weather Service for Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan [Video]

Winter officially does not arrive until next month, but it sure feels like it's already here, doesn't it?

The National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office has issued a winter storm warning in effect from this afternoon through 9 p.m. Tuesday. The bottom lines: heavy lake-effect and blowing snow.

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Richard Ellis/Getty Images
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The End of School Snow Days? [Video]

There’s nothing like a snow day for kids. The idea of no school just because Mother Nature decided to dump a few feet of powdery goodness and make it hard for buses to get through.

But if some school districts have their way, snow days are about to get a little less fun for the kiddies, because seven though they'll be stuck at home, class will still be in session.

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Guiding Light Mission Needs Your Gently Used Winter Clothes

The Guiding Light Mission was our Wee Difference charity in July. Back then, things were pretty warm, now that the cold is setting in, they could use your help.

Are you looking for a good home for your gently used men's winter coat? The men that at the Guiding Light Mission can put it to good use.

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Craig O'Neal
Craig O'Neal
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You Be The Judge: Is The NBC Weather Reporter Peeing Or Looking For His Phone? [Video]

Viewers of the NBC Nightly News were stunned Saturday night when Lester Holt went to talk to weather reporter Mike Seidel, only to find him with his back to the camera, appearing to be taking a leak.

NBC has issued a statement that says Mike was merely digging around in the snow trying to find his cell phone.

Take a look and see what you think.

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Rachel Kramer
Rachel Kramer
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Lake Effect: Grand Rapids’, West Michigan’s Winter 2014-15 Weather Forecast [Video]

After last winter, many us are approaching this winter with caution.

Today probably didn't help: snow on Halloween?

The National Weather Service's winter weather forecast is out. All we can say is make sure those snow blowers and shovels are ready if you live, work and/or play -- not to mention drive or travel -- between U.S. 131 and the Lake Michigan shore in greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan.

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