The Christmas holiday season will have the classic lake effect snow pattern in western Michigan. Grand Rapids will have some snowpack, but you won’t be in the heaviest snow area.
Once the cold wind settles around Grand Rapids, the wind will blow from the northwest. Northwest winds generally maintain the heaviest lake effect southwest of Grand Rapids, around Holland, Allegan, Saugatuck and Kalamazoo.
Northwest winds also bring fairly heavy snow to the coast just north of Grand Rapids. Muskegon at Pentwater will also be in the heaviest snow bands.
On Christmas afternoon, the wind will turn to blow more from the west. This wind flow produces more vigorous lake-effect snow directly into Grand Rapids.
Here are the radar forecasts until Christmas.
Here is the amount of snow forecast for the day after Christmas.
Kent County still seems to be the dividing line between heavy and light snowfall amounts. But on Christmas night, Grand Rapids could have 2 to 4 inches of snow, with a slope towards the lower amounts. Just 20 miles southwest of Grand Rapids, Holland could have 6 inches or more of snow. Going east of Grand Rapids, the snow will only pile up 1 or 2 inches.