polar vortex

About Winter: Lake Effect
About Winter: Lake Effect
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 Michig
Stuck in Polar Mode
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.