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Snowstorm’s Snowfall Piles Up Over a Foot in Parts of West Michigan [Infographic]

Welcome back to winter, with snowfall totals from the snowstorm plowing into greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan piling up more than a foot of the white, fluffy stuff, according to the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office.

Plus, more -- 2 to four inches is being forecast -- is coming along with wind chills below zero degrees, gusting winds up to 30 miles per hour and blowing and drifting snow making travel hazardous with a winter storm warning in effect until this afternoon.

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Rachel Kramer
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‘Significant’ Winter Weather Blowing In for Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan [Infographic]

Winter is blasting in in an even bigger way.

The National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office has issued a winter storm warning for this afternoon through Friday afternoon, calling the wintry blast coming our way in greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan as "significant."

Basically, more than a foot of snow is possible with heavy snow beginning about 2 p.m. EST and continuing through Friday. Wind gusts are forecast to be up to 45 miles per hour, with blowing and drifting snow and wind chills of 10 degrees below zero.

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Grand Rapids Sitting On The Edge Of Bad And Worse For Friday Storm

Snow total maps released by the National Weather Service find most of the Grand Rapids metro sitting on the eastern edge of the lake driven storm. A few miles could mean the difference between 6 inches and a foot of accumulation.

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98.7 WFGR’s Greatest Hits of 2014

It's been a year, hasn't it?

Well, take a look back with some perspective at Greatest Hits 98.7 WFGR's top topics for 2014, our greatest hits.

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We all remember the cold winds of the Polar Vortex, leading to our worst winter in years (Business Wire)
We all remember the cold winds of the Polar Vortex, leading to our worst winter in years (Business Wire)
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2014 in Play-Doh Moments [Photos]

The smell of PLAY-DOH brings back great memories of growing up. Just one whiff and I'm back in first grade, making a sculpture of my favorite football player.

Every year PLAY-DOH commemorates the year's top moments in clay, and 2014 was quite a year to celebrate. From the word of the year ("selfie") to the year's top entertainer (Jimmy Fallon), here's PLAY-DOH's year in review.

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Latest Forecast Predicts White Christmas for West Michigan

As we were sweating out a 50 degree day today the chance of a white Christmas seemed distant, but the latest weather model suggests otherwise predicting almost 4 inches of snow.

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Matt Milhouse
Matt Milhouse
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Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids Opens for the Season on Friday

Ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle is always a big part of winter fun in downtown Grand Rapids.

Rosa Parks Circle is set to open to ice skaters for the season on Friday, December 5 at noon.

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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
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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
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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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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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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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