Blizzard WrapFebruary 2nd, 2011 at 11:57 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
<–five-six foot snow drift (pic. by Bryan from POSTED). 8:15 PM update: Here’s a write-up on the storm from GRR NWS, and the Wikipedia article on the storm. Storm Total Snowfall: GRR (NWS at the Ford Airport) 17.2″ for Feb. 1 (6.1″) and 2 (11.1″) combined, Lansing 12.2″ storm total. The two-day total for Kalamazoo was 11.4″ as of noon. Kalamazoo is up to 50.2″ for the season. Muskegon added 13.9″ for the storm and now their season snowfall is at 80.6″ and S. Bend is up to 91.5″ for the winter after getting 12.8″ from this storm. Spotter reports from 6″ in SE Jackson Co. to a high of 18″ near Hudsonville. We’ll have a detailed map on the news tonight. The Winter Weather Advisory has been canceled for all but Berrien County. A band of lake-effect snow showers is located from Silver Lake in Oceana Co. down to far western van Buren and Berrien Counties. This band will continue to come farther east into the lakeshore counties. Most areas under the band will be a dusting to an inch, still enough to produce a few slick spots. The snow is extremely difficult to measure. We had both a 7″ total and a 13″ total from just a couple miles away and we know that kind of difference can’t be right. There are a lot of totals in the 9-15″ range. I slept a few hours in the old audio booth early this morning on the floor. G.R. City parking ramps are free until midnight. We’ve had a report of a partial roof collapse at the Spartan Stores Complex on 76th St with four injuries. They had significant tree damage from a microburst last July on that property. I still haven’t gone out to the parking lot to see if I can get out of here tonight. Just in my personal opinion, I would vote the blizzards of 1967 (I was in Wilmette, IL at the time) and 1978 were bigger, badder and more disruptive than the blizzard (and it did qualify as a blizzard) of 2011.