4-8″ snow, wind damage

November 29th, 2011 at 11:34 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  11 PM Tue. update – 7-8″ St. Johns, 7″ Lansing 6″ with thundersnow!  Grand Ledge, 4.5″ Galesburg, Albion, 3.5″ Schoolcraft.   Wind damage  in the Battle Creek area, lots of accidents and slideoffs.  Watch WOOD-TV for school closings and updates!   Here’s snow accumulations.  This is the current GRR NWS watch/warning map as of 11 PM Tuesday.  I did not hotlink the graphic, so the warnings/advisories are going to change.  Winter Weather Advisory for Ionia Co. east.   Go here for the latest.  Here’s NAM model snowfallWRF going bonkersGFS says look out Lansing!  Check out Michigan observations and Indiana observations50-60 mph wind gusts at the lakeshore in ChicagoWaves over 13 feet at the S. Lake Michigan Buoy!  THUNDERSNOW reported in Branch Co.  Here’s the latest GRR NWS discussion.   I’m in Tennessee, where it FINALLY stopped raining!  Well, it tapered off to occasional sprinkles/drizzle.  Knoxville had 40 continuous hours of rain.  We had 3-4″ of rain.  The river at Whitesburg rose nearly 7 feet in 24-hours.  The creek (and there is a creek in every valley) behind my mother’s condo had a standing wave in it that would have been perfect for a squirrel to surf on.  Up to 5″ of snow fell in western Tennessee, 4″ in NE Arkansas.  It’s weird that far northern Mississippi has had more snow this season than Muskegon.  The guy on TV showed more regional weather than local weather, and he zoomed into the radar for W. Tennessee where it was snowing rather than here, where we were on our 4th inch of rain.  No tracking on any weathercast I’ve seen down here.  Their 7-day forecast showed sunny and 56 degrees for Friday and it’s labeled “chilly”.   We went to the Muppet movie at 4:45 pm yesterday.  I won’t say it was a big crowd, but my 52-year old sister was the youngest one in the theater at a kid’s movie.  Looks like the Michigan precipitation is mainly from Kent Co. to the east and southeast…probably a rain to snow or mix situation.  Could be a narrow band of several inches.   There are some good comments on the threads from people who will know more than me at this point.  We’re off to take my 92-year old mother bowling!  Then dinner tonight down by the river.  Tomorrow should be a brighter day, so the plan is now to go into the mountains.  There’s certainly a chance of lake-effect snow showers next week (esp. in the SW corner of Lower Michigan and in Upper Michigan…some cold days, but not permanent winter yet.  I see the mid-lake buoy is still out, 40 miles west of Holland.  It shows winds of 35 mph with 11-foot waves as I write this.

289 Responses to “4-8″ snow, wind damage”

  1. Bill eastside of the state folks should check in to there local blogg weather moves west to east most of the time and really has nothing for us…Out at the farm I grow my crops north to south becouse of the winds in Michigan.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      LOL, nice try indy… next time don’t use the same hyperlink of yaho when you post under a different name.

      1. INDY says:


        1. INDY says:

          Hey df get off it man this blogg is to big for u.. going to make u go crazzy I feel sorry for your close ones go for a boat ride take a vaction… It’s just a weather blogg !! oh look the sun’s out have fun running it down untill the next storm this is INDY!!!

  2. Dan says:

    I thought there was a good chance for snow for this weekend? Sunday night time frame? How about LES?

    1. INDY says:

      Dan we do I am tracking snow across the north loook out for Friday night into Saturday with a nother BIG storm going to be close rain to the south and snow to the north then a cool front rolls over Sunday night with temps in the 30′s Monday and mid 20′s Tuesday with winds out of the Northwest and heavy lk efecct snow coming!!! Keep a real track and thoughts out for West Michigan!!! INDYYY

  3. INDY says:

    Check out FRED MEIJER at 11am today on WOOD TV 8 …….INDYYY

    1. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

      No job over there Indy? lol

      1. INDY says:

        lololololo Lots of yard work to be done at the YARDofBRICKS….INDYY!!

      2. DF (SE Mich) says:

        Careful Travis… we are trolls now…

    2. fixxxer says:

      When i used to work for the vending company that served meijers most of the employees couldnt stand him or the company.

  4. Paul says:

    From what im seeing no major storm until mid to late december.

    1. Marti B - Near Rivertown Mall says:

      For our side of the State do you mean Paul? I am usually a winter hater, but even I want some significant snow like soon…. ;)

  5. Randy M (Comstock Park) says:

    This link gives a good idea of the snowfall area (although the totals are too high- probably a radar-estimate issue). What I find interesting is that you’ll soon see snow if you head from GR to Lansing, but you could drive all the way to Sault Ste. Marie from here and see no snow at all.

    1. INDY says:

      Hey Randy being the best is hard I have bloggers after me HELP!! Whats going on across the river??? INDYY

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        The “best” at work Monday.

        INDY says:
        November 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm

        This will be one of the bigg’est storms of the winter some will have 3 inch rain 6 inch snow with 50+ winds blow along lk Michigan ….Just the start of a winter blast next Tuesday temps in the 20′s with hevey lake effect snow bands and wind!!!! Short term get to the store sighn the FRED MEIJER BOOK and get your hats and gloves out!!!!

      2. Randy (SW Walker) says:

        Wouldn’t worry about it INDY- Trolls from Detroit. Nuff Said.

        1. DF (SE Mich) says:

          Need a Yooper to say we are all trolls right about now… =)

        2. INDY says:

          YES SIR RANDY!!! INDYY

    2. INDY says:

      YEAA by 5pm that map will be green again with temps in the mid 40′s today!! NIVE LINK I HAVE IT IN MY FAV…..INDYY

    3. GunLakeDeb says:

      Yeah – that shows our area as having snow – and we have none. I pulled the rain gauge lest it freeze – but I suspect we got very little rain. Just a few moments of sleet yesterday morning.

      The sun this morning sure feels great!!

  6. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

    A Woolly worm i named Lucky because i almost stepped on him that i found in my garage around the 1st week of Nov said,good weather till the 3rd week of Dec. Then brutal cold Jan,Feb through the 2nd week of March. I also gathered info from him that NE Kent Co will get around 58 inches of snow for the winter. Nice morning today. Lots of sun and 35.6°.

    1. Sharon says:

      ALL THAT from one worm????

      1. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

        Yep. Same fella named Lucky. I’ve almost stepped on him 3 times in the last 2 days. I keep tossing him under the garden tractor,and he keeps crawling out to the same spot in the middle of the garage floor and curls up in a ball. I had to move him 20 mins ago. I need a woolly worm from the UP.EH

  7. Smoke{THE FARM} says:

    Time to cut more wood and get ready for a west michigan blast of winter Friday. Temp is 39 no winter hat today just a loud chain saw

  8. DF (SE Mich) says:

    This storm Sunday could be interesting, looks like rain now but could be snow with a shift.

  9. Soccer6713 says:

    I’m guessing Hastings (city of) received around 3 inches of snow. Pretty much tapered off around 9:00 pm last night because I could still see dog footprints in the snow on my deck this morning. Son drove to GR last night and said the roads were terrible in town but by the time he got to the Expo Center on M-37 there wasn’t any snow to be seen all the way to GR. Lost a few limbs last night and a house in town looks like the roof my have caved in during the night. Very beautiful “Christmas Card” morning and now a lot of melting going on. I’m not a big fan of winter so one more snow event in time for Christmas will be good enough for me!

  10. Smoke{THE FARM} says:

    Back inside have a nice stack of wood now ready for winter..

  11. INDY says:

    Temp is 41 outside with sunshine!!!

  12. INDY says:

    Again df get off It’s a weather Blogg feel so sorry for your family!! Be a man cook out of pan!!!! And yes it was a BIG storm for some how many storms will give central Michigan over 10 inches of snow this year REALLY how many?? NOT A LOT!!! YEAAA THATS A BIG STORM!! INDYYY

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      No point in continuing when I cannot understand what you are even talking about. I have been here since day 1 of this blog and Craig James’, not going anywhere…

      1. fixxxer says:

        Just ignore indy. His so called silliness has worn off and then some.

  13. INDY says:

    Looking out a week next Saturday highs in the teens maybe close ….Short term chase that 40* sun and have fun …..INDYYY

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Next week does look cold, so far… Here is Thursday/Friday (next week) but GFS is often that cold, only not to be when it arrives:

      1. michael g (SE GR) says:

        For what it’s worth, Joe B says the GFS is too weak with the cold air next week, and says the canadian model is much colder.

        1. DF (SE Mich) says:

          Where do you read Joe B’s stuff now that he is on his own? I want to read it.

        2. michael g (SE GR) says:

          It’s $18 a month at weatherbell.com, which I don’t pay, or you can keep up with his general ideas for free on Twitter. (bigjoebastardi)

        3. Irish coffee says:

          BIG JOE B. is TOO WEAK …time for him to hit the gym! j/k
          PS-He’s calling out the usually TOO COLD GFS for being TOO WARM?! LOL

  14. Smoke {THE FARM} says:

    We at the farm our glad to have Wood Tv 8 in our area ….

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Wow, nice.

  15. Uncle Teddy says:

    With the cold air pushing in early next week it seems like we should finally be able to make snow lovers happy! At least John Dee thinks that we could get some plowable snow!

    5-10 day forecast graphic.

  16. INDY says:

    Uncle Ted I have been checking thoughts for months now about the 7th of Dec. That’s my time for lots of snow around WEST MICHIGAN looks to be a winner …I track whats next not past us!!! INDYYYY

  17. Muskegon says:

    Get ready for next week starting sat night- next Friday looks good for snowstorms and lots of lake effect don’t be bummed northern areas since you missed out in last nights storm look at next week!

  18. Hummer13 says:

    Indy…..great IWS conference at Taco Boy yesterday….I am with you about Dec 7th for some snow! Voting Hummer 12 President Of Operations for the IWS was a great move…..He will whip this blog into shape and get the dead weights off….it’s about the weather people nothing else….who cares if Indy works or not…nobody’s business! Can’t wait for our next blizzard watching party on the roof of Taco Boy with some Sprites!!!!

    1. Randy (SW Walker) says:

      I want in!!!!

  19. Muskegon says:

    Just found out I have a business trip south for next week I am so bummed because I will miss out in the snowstorms for next week oh well we have all winter!

    1. RJ (Rockford) says:

      Don’t worry. I see no snowstorms for next week and very little lake effect for the GR area. Muskegon may get a little lake effect, however nothing big. It is possible by the end of the week and next weekend (12-10,11) we may start to see some real snow chances.

      1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

        There is some potential around the 9th but I would think late December to January would be a better chance. There is a chance we could warm up a little mid December (of course as always subject to change(

        1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          Warm up before we even get some snow??? Ugh…

        2. fixxxer says:

          we told you guys it might be a late start to winter and the snow. myself i just hate the drastic change in temps, that’s why my kids and i have been sick soo darn much.

          no snow on xmas is fine by me. don’t you guys remember how warm it was last new years eve?

        3. Cort S. (Plymouth, NH) says:

          …Oh yeah, I do! Almost forgot about that. That was a fun system. It was a bit of a fluke; a “January thaw” type of storm, if you will. We actually got some lightning and thunder on NYE. Muskegon had their warmest Jan 1st ever (right around midnight), beating the old record by 10 degrees, right before the cold front blasted through.


          In contrast, the year before that I remember a 3-4 inch snow event right around midnight.

  20. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Well November 2011 will soon be in the record books and it will be warmer then average by about +3.5° around 2.50″ of rain and here in GR at the airport only 0.7″ of snow fall. We also had more sun the is typical in November. So all in all not really a bad month here in GR. As for December the updated long range guess from the CPC came out today and is call for equal chances for temps and precipitation



    1. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

      Good info!

  21. Muskegon says:

    I saw the potential for 8+ inches here in Muskegon for next Thursday and Friday I will be leaving this sunday and returning Tuesday December 13th So I will even miss out next Thursday and Friday:(

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Doubt it…Since moving here three years ago, so far I have noticed that Muskegon seems to be in an awful spot for actual snowstorms. They either go towards Wisconsin or Ohio, leaving us in the middle. Last winter, the southwesterly winds off the lake brought us our awesome snowfall.

      For you native West Michiganders, what is it that pulls the lows up towards Wisconsin so much?

      1. Sharon says:


      2. Bill Steffen says:

        It wasn’t always like that. Muskegon got NAILED 3 weekends in a row in Jan. 1982.

        1. Muskegon says:

          Bill are we going to get any snow in Muskegon this year LOL???

        2. Bernie (at da lakeshore) says:

          People should be careful what they wish for..LOL

          Didn’t one of those 3 1982 storms have 80 mph wind gusts? Winter didn’t really hit until New Years Eve that year. (Not to mention the 165 inches of snow that didn’t melt til May.)

          I recently came by a picture of a train plowing snow in New Era after the blizzard of 1918. I think most of the bloggers here would be scared of a storm like that.

      3. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

        Goats milk.

  22. fixxxer says:

    keep the “no snow” coming bill! ;)

    1. Cort S. (Plymouth, NH) says:

      Check out how close you dodged that bullet!
      That’s an image of snow on the ground today. Look at that sharp transition!

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        Great link!

      2. fixxxer says:

        My bubble worked!

  23. scott (west olive) says:

    holy smokes the page time is all messed up.

  24. Muskegon says:

    17 minutes til December 1st!

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