4-8″ snow, wind damageNovember 29th, 2011 at 11:34 am by Bill Steffen 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 snowfall. WRF going bonkers. GFS says look out Lansing! Check out Michigan observations and Indiana observations. 50-60 mph wind gusts at the lakeshore in Chicago! Waves 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.