Snow Totals

April 6th, 2009 at 6:30 pm by under Bill's Blog, Inside WOOD TV8, Uncategorized, Weather

Local Radar for Grand Rapids, MI - Click to enlarge Gale Warning
<–click the radar to enlarge.  12:01 AM Monday:  Few lingering flurries today.  70,000 were without power in southern Michigan due to the heavy snow bringing down power lines – as of this evening that’s down to 18,000 .  Snow totals from SE Michigan (8.7″ White Lake at the NWS office, 7″ Elba, 6.5″ Oxford, 7.2″ Detroit, 4″ Flint, 4.7″ Ann Arbor),  Up to 9″ fell in Hillsdale County.   SW Michigan (7.5″ nr. Jackson, 6″ Mason in Ingham Co.,  5″ Battle Creek, Lansing & Bellevue, 3.8″ Kalamazoo – now at 103.9″ for the season, 2.5″ Hastings and Lawton).  Here’s a storm summary from GRR NWS.     Just a trace of snow in Grand Rapids.  This storm produced 13″ of snow at Rapid City, SD – 16″ at Cody, NE – and 10″ at Conrad Iowa.  This was a very close call on a very major snowstorm.  More than a dozen places in northern and central Indiana had over 2″ of rain.   If it were a few degrees colder, that could have been a record snowstorm!  The Chicago area has had up to 3.7″ of snow.    We also have Gale Warnings for Lake Michigan.   Here’s the National Hazards Map.   Click for:  Current Michigan Observations, Latest GRR Discussion, Great Lakes Radar Loop,   NAM model snowfall forecast (heavy snow band now from Coldwater to Pontiac – heaviest snow misses most of our area,  GFS model snowfall forecast.  It gives us temps. only in the mid 30′s Tuesday – then partly sunny and mid-upper 40′s Weds./upper 40′s on Thursday.  Clouds and maybe a light rainshower on Friday (best bet is rain stays south)…partly sunny Saturday…clouds move in on Easter Sunday PM with rain perhaps on Monday the 13th.  Easter week still looks slightly cooler than average.  When was the last time a snowstorm went southeast of Grand Rapids in April!   Unrelated:  207 dead in Italian Earthquake.

162 Responses to “Snow Totals”

  1. Craig H (Holly Rec Area) says:

    Upgraded to Winter Storm Warnings over this way!!!!

    http://www.crh.noaa.gov/dtx/

  2. Craig H (Holly Rec Area) says:

    The latest for GRR CWA….

    http://www.crh.noaa.gov/grr/

  3. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    Yes, Winter Storm Warning here as well. 6-8″

  4. Tyler says:

    This supposed snow storm is a total joke. There wasnt hardly any snow that anyone got. Michigan wont get anything except a cloudy day. All the warnings are lifted everywhere now.

    1. Never Right! says:

      Exactly. All Storm Team 8 does is waste its time saying “oh no the sky is falling, here comes a blizzard!!!”….and look, cloudy day, not a drop of precipitation in the whole area so far. I bet we won’t get ANY snow around here.

      1. Bob P. :o) (St.Johns) says:

        The storm was not predicited to begin till after 8pm tonight, not today?????
        Pretty much on track, restrengthing Low ove Ill, as we speak..

        1. Bob P. :o) (St.Johns) says:

          1154 AM HEAVY SNOW 3 SSW WILLIAMS 42.45N 93.57W
          04/05/2009 E7.0 INCH HAMILTON IA LAW ENFORCEMENT

          6-8 INCHES ACROSS EASTERN HAMILTON COUNTY. INTERSTATE 35
          CLOSED NORTHBOUND FROM STORY CITY OR NORTH OF MILE POST
          124.

          1154 AM HEAVY SNOW 5 WSW IOWA FALLS 42.49N 93.36W
          04/05/2009 E7.0 INCH HARDIN IA LAW ENFORCEMENT

          6 TO 8 INCHES ACROSS PORTIONS OF HARDIN COUNTY.

          1210 PM HEAVY SNOW S HUBBARD 42.30N 93.30W
          04/05/2009 E6.0 INCH HARDIN IA TRAINED SPOTTER

          5 TO 6 INCHES WITH OCCASIONAL THUNDER AND LIGHTNING.

          1213 PM SNOW 1 W CARROLL 42.07N 94.88W
          04/05/2009 E2.5 INCH CARROLL IA TRAINED SPOTTER

          1220 PM HEAVY SNOW SSW IOWA FALLS 42.52N 93.27W
          04/05/2009 M6.0 INCH HARDIN IA TRAINED SPOTTER

          THUNDERSNOW REPORTED BETWEEN 9 AND 10 AM CDT. SMALL TREE
          BRANCHES DOWN WITH A FEW BLOCKS IN IOWA FALLS WITHOUT
          POWER.

          1233 PM SNOW 1 W AMES 42.02N 93.65W
          04/05/2009 M4.8 INCH STORY IA MESONET

          1234 PM HEAVY SNOW CONRAD 42.22N 92.87W
          04/05/2009 M4.7 INCH GRUNDY IA TRAINED SPOTTER

          2.7 INCHES IN PAST HALF HOUR…THUNDERSNOW REPORTED.
          STORM TOTAL 4.7 INCHES.

        2. Todd A (from Holland, in GR) says:

          Here’s a great visual of the restrengthening low over Ill.

          http://adds.aviationweather.gov/satellite/displaySat.php?region=MSP&isingle=mult_big&itype=vis

    2. Todd A (from Holland, in GR) says:

      Tyler-the warning for the east side of the state is still in effect.

      http://www.crh.noaa.gov/grr/

      1. Bob P. :o) (St.Johns) says:

        Look at the snow left behind on that satellite link above from Todd A, in Neb/Iowa/Minn

  5. Bob P. :o) (St.Johns) says:

    Tyler, what is this?

    400 PM CDT SUN APR 05 2009

    ..TIME… …EVENT… …CITY LOCATION… …LAT.LON…
    ..DATE… ….MAG…. ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. …SOURCE….
    ..REMARKS..

    0358 PM HEAVY SNOW CONRAD 42.22N 92.87W
    04/05/2009 M10.0 INCH GRUNDY IA TRAINED SPOTTER

    GREATER THAN 10 INCHES OF SNOW FELL WITH THUNDERSTORMS.
    SIX INCHES REMAIN ON THE GROUND.
    215 PM CDT SUN APR 05 2009

    ..TIME… …EVENT… …CITY LOCATION… …LAT.LON…
    ..DATE… ….MAG…. ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. …SOURCE….
    ..REMARKS..

    0214 PM HEAVY SNOW 4 N AMES AIRPORT 42.05N 93.62W
    04/05/2009 M5.8 INCH STORY IA TRAINED SPOTTER
    the list continues

  6. Bob P. :o) (St.Johns) says:

    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTH PLATTE NE
    1044 AM CDT SUN APR 5 2009 /944 AM MDT SUN APR 5 2009/

    …MASSIVE STORM PRODUCED MASSIVE RESULTS ACROSS WESTERN & NORTH
    CENTRAL NEBRASKA…

    A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM THAT BROUGHT VERY HEAVY
    SNOWFALL…ALONG WITH FIERCE NORTHERLY WINDS TO THE REGION…WAS
    PUSHING INTO SOUTHWESTERN IOWA LATE SUNDAY MORNING.

    THE TOTALS BELOW ARE SEPARATED INTO SNOW…AND ICE AND SLEET
    CATEGORIES…THEN BY AMOUNT…AND ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE
    FINAL AMOUNT FOR EACH LOCATION.

    SNOW REPORTS LISTED BY AMOUNT

    INCHES LOCATION ST COUNTY TIME
    —— ———————– — ————– ——-
    16.00 CODY NE CHERRY 0800 AM

    12.00 SPRINGVIEW NE KEYA PAHA 1000 AM
    STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL WAS 12.0 INCHES…WITH
    SNOW DRIFTS AS HIGH AS 3 FEET.
    11.70 BUTTE NE BOYD 0600 AM
    STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL WAS 11.7 INCHES. STORM
    WATER EQUIVALENT WAS 1.20 INCHES. SNOW DRIFTS
    UP TO 4 FEET HIGH.
    11.00 15 S MULLEN NE HOOKER 0700 AM
    6 TO 7 FOOT DRIFTS ALSO OBSERVED AT THIS
    LOCATION.
    11.00 26 N WHITMAN NE CHERRY 0700 AM
    REPORT FURNISHED BY NEBRASKA RAINFALL
    ASSESSMENT AND INFORMATION NETWORK OBSERVER.
    10.00 HAY SPRINGS NE SHERIDAN 1000 AM
    STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL WAS 10.0 INCHES. SNOW
    DRIFTS RANGED FROM 3 TO 4 FEET HIGH.
    8.00 18 NNE ONEILL NE HOLT 0700 AM
    REPORT FURNISHED BY NEBRASKA RAINFALL
    ASSESSMENT AND INFORMATION NETWORK OBSERVER.
    8.00 JOHNSTOWN NE BROWN 0700 AM
    REPORT FURNISHED BY NEBRASKA RAINFALL
    ASSESSMENT AND INFORMATION NETWORK OBSERVER.
    8.00 RUSHVILLE NE SHERIDAN 1215 PM
    ESTIMATED STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL SO FAR OF 6
    TO 8 INCHES.
    8.00 65 WSW VALENTINE NE CHERRY 1203 PM
    ESTIMATED 7 TO 8 INCHES OF NEW SNOW SINCE
    STORM BEGAN. VISIBILITY BEING REDUCED IN
    SNOW…BLOWING SNOW AND WIND TO LESS THAN ONE
    QUARTER MILE.
    7.00 MERNA NE CUSTER 0800 AM

    6.00 THEDFORD NE THOMAS 1015 AM
    ESTIMATED 3 TO 6 INCHES OF STORM TOTAL
    SNOWFALL WITH 5 FOOT DRIFTS.
    6.00 AINSWORTH NE BROWN 0900 AM

    6.00 9 ENE ELSMERE NE BROWN 0900 AM

    6.00 OGALLALA NE KEITH 0800 AM

    6.00 10 NE OSHKOSH NE GARDEN 0800 AM
    SNOW DRIFTS AS HIGH AS 4.5 FEET.
    6.00 MADRID NE PERKINS 1053 PM

    6.00 HAY SPRINGS NE SHERIDAN 1208 PM
    HEAVY SNOW WITH VISIBILITY LESS THAN 300
    YARDS AT TIME OF REPORT. ESTIMATED SNOWFALL
    OF 5 TO 6 INCHES. BLOWING SNOW ALSO
    OCCURRING.
    5.50 10 NE OSHKOSH NE GARDEN 0825 PM

  7. Randy (Rockford) says:

    Another bust for the GR area! Fitting end to this winter. From all the hype a few days ago from NOAA saying 6 to 10 inches to this? Amazing.

  8. Kevin says:

    We are getting some small accumulations on the grassy areas already in Yankee Springs. I missed the 6 oclock update. Anybody have new info for me.

  9. Todd H. (NE GR - DEAN LAKE) says:

    another dud. oh well, I’m done with snow this year anyway

  10. Tyler says:

    Yeah Wisconsin didnt get any snow whatsoever but Nebraska got some snow. This was a dud over all. The accu weather this winter has been awful at predicting storms this winter. Anyway their saying 4-6 for Detroit but I guarantee it will be almost nothing or just plain rain.

  11. Herb (SE Muskegon Township) says:

    I am ready for some big boomers this year, I have the camera ready this year and plan on going on at least one storm chase.

  12. MaryCB (Wyoming) says:

    It’s not doing anything yet in Wyoming. Hope we get at least the 2 inches we need to break the record. That would be nice.

  13. Randy (Rockford) says:

    My updated prediction is a trace of snow for GR. Yes, another dud in a long line of duds this winter. Accu weather has been one of the worst in predicting storm tracks and snow totals. Bring on some warm Spring weather.

  14. Yup says:

    Hey Tyler and Never Right! Why don’t you go troll somewhere else. Others of us would like to discuss weather. So please, knock it off already, it’s getting childish.

    Anyway,

    I was hoping for more snow in GR, one last kick in the but so I could run my snowblower out of gas. I’ll be watching the models tonight!

  15. LightningWatcher says:

    Yay! Only had four Netflix pop ups before I got into the blog. And this is a fresh install of Windows 7 RC1.

    Careful out there on the roads folks. Just drove from Dorr to Allegan, everything north of South Montery is coated in snow. A37 was quite slushy, infact watched a car slide across into the oncomming lane going around a corner by Hopkins Road. Snow was comming down nearly hard enough for a white out. Got into Allegan and it was barely a drizzle with some fresh slush on the ground.

  16. Slim Jim(nw GR) says:

    42° and cloudy here….looks lilke the rain is off to the south of here..I did see a few drops of rain earler…its snowing in parts of Illinois now, but not that much. Hey if we do not get the snow so what? its spring and its time for it to warm up.
    SlimJim

  17. Jennifer K (NE GR) says:

    Still not doing anything here in NE GR. Hope it stays that way.

  18. pete from byron says:

    pass the popcorn?

  19. Light to moderate snow in Marshall. Cars in the driveway aleady have a light covering of snow.

  20. Barbara (West Central Kalamazoo County) says:

    Grass is covered and big flakes are a coming down.

  21. No snow says:

    Not a spec of precipitation here…surprise surprise. Storm Team 8 almost acts like somehow the weather will be different if they try to freak people out about it.

    Tonight’s forecast should be along the lines of: It might snow tonight, the temperature will be approx: That’s it! So simple!

  22. Rob Dale says:

    Looks like the pivot point is setting up south of us, I’m going with 1-3″ for Lansing with heavier amounts towards Jackson, but even there maybe 3-5″ at the most. Very little once you get too far north of 96, and not much if any for GRR.

  23. Jennifer K (NE GR) says:

    A hour later and still nothing out there. But the radar has showed me under precip the majority of the day. HMMMMM

  24. Wet snow falling at a good rate now. About a quarter inch of snow, covering grassy areas, rooftops, etc. Roads just wet.

  25. Ryan says:

    Snowing moderate to heavy here in East Lansing (at least as of 20 minutes ago when I was driving). It seems like the model runs and other predictions from the last 24 hours will be almost dead-on in terms of who gets the most snow and who gets very little if any. It seems that the heaviest band is concentrated between Kalamazoo to Jackson and up to Lansing, continuing northeastward toward Flint and the Thumb. This system is pretty fascinating in how much deviation there will likely be between some significant accumulations and virtually none at all. I am expecting about 4 to 5 inches here in East Lansing based on what I see from the radar, the rate of snow that’s coming down, and the fact that it switched to all snow earlier than I expected. I hope GRR can get that roughly 2 inches it needs to move into second all-time, but that doesn’t look likely. So close once again, but it seems that GRR might not get there after being within 3 inches as early as February!

  26. Where's the 3-6"? says:

    Apparently the 3″-6″ that was predicted not more than a day or two ago isn’t going to happen. I haven’t seen a single snowflake today. And so is recorded another incorrect weather forecast.

  27. MaryCB (Wyoming) says:

    Nothing here either.

  28. It’s been snowing here fast and furious (and giant flakes) for quite a few hours now. It is very wet snow. Everything is covered.

  29. Nathan Holth says:

    Drove back from lansing starting around 11:30 this evening. Heavy snow, enough so that the roads were quite bad on I-94/I-69 between Battle Creek and Lansing. Roads were not nearly as bad once I came back into Kalamazoo.

    I am so sick of snow I could puke! Why can’t we have a good spring thunderstorm instead?

  30. Patti (Zeeland) says:

    Nothing here!

  31. Bob P :o) (St.Johns) says:

    Roads are trying to get covered, grass is covered, snow at a good clip now, very wet, about 1″ down!
    I see some 5″ total already, I would say Craig H. would be one of them ..in Holly area.

  32. Jerry (Lansing) says:

    4″ of wet, heavy snow here. My location is 3/4 mile south of the Clinton/Ingham county line and 1/4 mile west of business 27.

  33. Yup says:

    No snow here, I got up early for nothing! I guess it’s a sign to take my snow tires off finally :) Yay for summer tires!

  34. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    Snow is still coming down hard here and lots already on the ground. Looks like a good 6-8″ event here when all is said and done.

    Too bad the storm was such a dud for you west-siders who wanted snow. Can’t believe the models were off that much just one or two days out. Ridiculous. At least Bill can take off that snowman under your spring break headline! haha

    What was the total accumulation reported at GR?

  35. Dan says:

    Hey all! No Snow in my area! I guess they are getting it pretty good in Jackson and in Detroit. How is the championship game going to go? At least the game will be played indoors! GO STATE! When do the temps begin to warm up? I am so ready for Spring Warmth! It has been quite the unusual Winter huh?
    Have a great day!

  36. Mark (N.E. Gratiot County) says:

    Ground slightly coverd here this mornig and it’s snowing again. pivot of snowfall could give us an inch or so this morning.

    0.2 new snow

  37. Mark (N.E. Gratiot County) says:

    morning

  38. Mark (N.E. Gratiot County) says:

    Marlette Cam http://www.midmichiganweather.com/marwebcam32.jpg
    This is one of our eastern branch locations and you can see that several inches of new snow has fallen there.

  39. Craig H (Holly Rec Area) says:

    6.5″ of snow here! Very wet snow and the pines are bent and stressed. Hope I hang on to power today. The winds are getting pretty strong! This is the prettiest snow of the season. Everything is painted white.

    1. Jerry (Lansing) says:

      You received some good snow…too bad it arrived so late for ya!

      I totally agree with ya Craig…it sure is pretty. Good snowfall for pictures.

      Snowing lightly here with light winds.

  40. Hurby (Right by GR Ford airport) says:

    Not even as much as a few flakes of snow here. Green grass and dry pavement. Nice snow storm.

  41. Terry in Sturgis says:

    Good Luck Craig H. Im sorta in the same situation as you! STurgis has about 6 inches of snow!! No Joke!! I wasn’t even paying attention to the weather today until i looked out my window and i saw HUGE flakes coming down the size of 50 Cent Pieces!! Well, The heavy wet snow is torchering the trees and powerlines. My naihbor has the tall standing trees, i don’t know what they are, but they are bent all the way and touching the ground on Our side of the fence!! I wish this had come when we actually had school! hehehe!

    1. Craig H (Holly Rec Area) says:

      Thanks Terry. Good luck to you, as well!!! So far so good.

  42. Jerry – we have about 2-1/2 to 3 inches here at City Hall in Dewitt. It was snowing pretty good at 10 PM last night here, but not yet sticking, or it would have been worse. Clearly the further south you get – in rapidly deteriorates, based on the readings in the northern part of Clinton County. By the way – it is still snowing pretty good – but smaller flakes. There are some school closings in Lansing – at least the few that aren’t on Spring Break!

    1. Jerry (Lansing) says:

      Sandy – sure was a heavy, wet snow. I shoveled only around my backdoor and car. Now that it has warmed a bit, the snow is falling fast from the trees, and it has begun to melt too.

      It sure has gotten bright…almost a blinding effect within the last hour.

      It appears that the areas east and south of Lansing got the most out of this system.

  43. Barbara (West Central Kalamazoo County) says:

    I think we have 3 -4 “here, up to my knuckles. It’s 32º so it’s sinking fast. it’s a fairyland. Not enough to take out the power or bring down branches.

  44. direfloyd (SE Mich) says:

    We got at least 6 inches of heavy snow over here by Ann Arbor! Very nice! Now onto MSU tonight!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    Wow, still snowing here. Lots of trees down as I drove around, and many without power this morning.

    Check out the 24-hour Radar loop to see what happened:

    http://www.intellicast.com/National/Radar/Yesterday.aspx?location=default

    Forecast for here calls for 50 degrees by Wednesday and sunny and 55 on Easter!! Now, that’s good news!

  46. Randy (Rockford) says:

    Well let’s see how did all of the advance 48 hour snowfall forecasts work out for Grand Rapids?

    8-12 inches (John Dee), 3-6 inches with near blizzard conditions(TV8 and Accu weather), 2-4 inches TV13) and the 24 hour revised forecast for the 1-96 corridor of 1-3 inches? Well not a flake of snow to be seen.

    This winter has proven to me that way too much time, effort and speculation takes place concerning snow storms and snow fall totals. If the models are more than 6 hours out they are usually so inaccurate they are totally pie in the sky.

    Have a nice day and go STATE!

  47. About 6 inches here. It is very heavy and wet snow. Everything is very pretty, but this is not going to be good for the water levels around here.

  48. Bob P :o) (St.Johns) says:

    sniff sniff, whinner’s on here!
    Models dude’s ….
    Models,
    The models at one time had the storm totals up north of GR, then as time the models adjusted…thats why they always say…stay tuned for further updates!
    At one point the models had 10″ for Lansing just 12 hours before the storm!

    We just hit 2″!

    1. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

      No offense, Bob P (St. Johns), but you said Sunday at 5pm that everything was on track and that it was even strengthening.

      Bob P. :o ) (St.Johns) says:
      April 5, 2009 at 5:14 pm
      The storm was not predicited to begin till after 8pm tonight, not today?????
      Pretty much on track, restrengthing Low ove Ill, as we speak..

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