Snow and Slick Roads

February 10th, 2012 at 1:33 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local 10:20 PM -  Snow will wind down in inland areas.  You can see the lake-effect band coming down the length of the lake into Northern Indiana.   Flash Freeze across the area during the afternoon and evening.  Roads got very icy very quickly as the cold air pushed in.   Dozens of slide-offs were reported.   Muskegon dropped 10 degrees in one hour, Lansing and Holland dipped 9 degrees in an hour.   The most snow so far is 6.6″ in East Grand Rapids.   A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect into Saturday morning for the lakeshore counties.    Heavier snow is possible at the south end of Lake Michigan in NW Indiana.  Snow showers are possible Saturday with another round of light snow Monday night into Tuesday.  No big storms, but the ground will be white again.   I was the emcee for Match Counts at GVSU downtown this morning.   Snow measurements in comments are always welcome as well as your reports on road conditions. Here’s links to the current conditions, regional radar, the forecast snowfall off the NAM model (out to 84-hours) and the GFS model (out to 120-hours), the HPC snow forecast, and a surface map. Here’s the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s closings, the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station.

153 Responses to “Snow and Slick Roads”

  1. Tom in Alger Heights says:

    I got back from Norton Shores around 3 this afternoon. Some flurries on the lakeshore, but that was about it. When I arrived at the office, we had over 2″ of wet heavy snow in the parking lot. Looked out the window a couple of minutes ago and the snow is horizontal with less than 1/2 mile visibility (East Paris Ave & 44th St). We have about 3″ on the ground as of this writing. Roads are beginning to freeze up. Careful on the roads kids.

  2. Jeff says:

    Don’t you love it? They say 6-8 inches and get we 1 or 2, they say MAYBE an inch, and we get 3 so far (or more, we’ll see).

    1. Jeff says:

      That’s not a shot at anyone by the way, just funny how the weather changes to spite forecasters sometimes.

  3. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

    This is great. At least we don’t have see a ton of ‘whining’ on this board today. Enjoy your snow. Spring is just around the corner.

  4. Imthemom (just n holland) says:

    Around 4pm the temp dropped from 33 to 26 in a 5 min period just north of Zeeland. I was driving at the time. The outer edges of my windshield started to ice over. It was fun watching things change that fast .

  5. Kevin. w says:

    I’m looking at some new data not the models of the pattern coming for the next month/month and half. I will update when I have time and am sure bill is looking at the same stuff I am.

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Let me guess….HUGE warmup…”winter’s over”…”all the models indicate it”…I’d be shocked if you “predicted” winter’s return…

  6. Clara says:

    When I left work about 4p, there was 3″ on the ground in Cascade Twp. Here at home in NE GR, maybe 2.5″. It has gotten much colder since I left work. Driving home on 96 W was slow and visibility was terrible at times. Only saw one accident, thank goodness.

  7. Mike in Hamilton says:

    Anyone still complaining about this being a winter weather advisory?

    here’s some live police scanners to listen to if you’re curious:
    allegan co:
    ottawa co:
    kent co & grand rapids city:

  8. JoAnne says:

    JoAnne says:
    February 9, 2012 at 9:11 pm
    Well, Bill says 1 to up to 2 inches tomorrow, so i figure that means a dusting or 4 plus inches. Let’s hope for the 4 plus.

    INDY says:
    February 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm
    Really JoAnne how can Bill 1 inch thought mean a figure call of a dusting or 4 plus inches tomorrow?? Wow roll out the stupid hat on your blogg JoAnnee and put it on your fat head!!! 1+1=2 LAST INDY NEW!!

    How you looking on the North side INDYYYYYYY? lol and lol again. Oh wait a minute, did you say around 4 inches INDYYYYYYY. Joanne says that Indy needs to shut up and eat a taco! I told you that when Wood forecasts a 1 to 2, it will always be a dusting or a big event. Rarely the 1 to 2 that we are told unless they forecast a dusting or a big event! lmao

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      The National Weather Service reported 1.0″ as of 5 PM at the Ford Airport:

      1. RJ (Rockford) says:

        I think that their ruler is broken :) That part of GR has had at least 3 inches of snow by now and they will end up with at least 4 inches by morning.

    2. INDY says:

      Again get the stupid hat out for Joanne she still don’t understand her own post !! snow falls out of the sky thunder comes from clouds and stupid is Joannee!!! INDYY

  9. Lisa (Caledonia) says:

    Roads are definitely icy…a good night for staying in, staying warm, and eating up some white bean chicken chili. Mmm! :)

  10. Robert Hunt says:

    I live halfway between Belding and Ionia and we got 4 inches of snow as of 6pm. That measurement was taken from 5 different spots in around the house.
    It is still snowing, sometimes hard enough to not be able to see across the road.

  11. sb(anchorage) in GR says:

    Murphy’s Law.
    I leave snowy Anchorage and end up taking the weather with me.
    Cheers, everyone.

  12. KF (SE of Lowell) says:

    3.5 inches of snow in my neck of the woods. Pretty windy out. It took me 45 minutes to drive from the northeast side of GR to my house tonight. Normally it is a 25 minute drive. Be careful out and about this evening.

  13. Hastings says:

    That wind is brutal! Shoveled the few inches off the driveway, solid ice underneath.. Temp was 30.2 about 40 minutes ago, down to 21.4 now.

  14. Kate (44th and Breton) says:

    Be careful out there!! Listening to the scanner, accidents all over the place.

    1. Mike in Hamilton says:

      i tried to post links to online scanner pages, but it’s stuck in moderator wastland…

  15. fixxxer says:

    Let it melt, let it melt, LET IT MELT! ;)

  16. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    WOW, WOW, WOW there is no doubt a fast freeze going on. Just went out for pizza and roads are icy, especially 17mile Rd. We have probably 3-4in here, it’s crazy I think if there was school tomorrow there could be some closings. My husband leave tomorrow afternoon back for Afghanistan and he’s hoping there are cancellations but doubtful, he doesn’t want to go back and neither do we. :-(

  17. RJ (Rockford) says:

    You have to love the models. When they say 6 to 10 inches you end up with about two. Now 24 hrs ago all of the models had us getting about an inch of snow. Well I currently have 5 inches of new snow on the ground and it is still SNOWING!!

    1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

      That is about right RJ in what we have here, couldn’t see where my driveway was where it met or anything, good thing for the plow markers. My mom brought our boys home and she couldn’t see our driveway and ended up going into our yard and ditch, thankfully she was able to get out but our plow just left and amazes me how much he had to plow. As much as I do not like the cold, I’m glad you are having your winter fix no matter what some may say or feel about winter. I do feel bad for the snow lovers, I can relate to your feelings only mine are about Thunderstorms.

  18. RJ (Rockford) says:

    This is an excellent surprise and this is by far the best night of the winter. I love it – HEAVY SNOW, WIND AND COLD. Keep it coming. ROCK N ROLL GR!!!!!

    1. fixxxer says:

      Your definition of excitment is weird. Next week you will be complaining when it all melts too…lmao!

      1. RJ (Rockford) says:

        ROCK ON fixxxer. I will be snowmobiling and playing in this snow all weekend. It is a beautiful thing!

        1. Amen there RJ!!! Our track is plowed in Lakeview and we are racing tomorrow. Had my new Mod 440 on the ice, bad fast.

          Love this kinda weather. We were plowing when the front came through, wind went from calm to right out of the north and gusting 25+ mph, then the snow picked up from big fluffy flakes to small wind driven snow. beautiful.

          Hoping tomorrow is in the teens for a high. Great racing weather. Doubt I’ll be able to sleep tonight, been oval racing snowmobile for 24 years and am just as excited for tomorrow as I was the first time I raced way back in the 80′s.

        2. RJ (Rockford) says:

          Sounds like fun and the temps should only be in the low 20′s. A great day for racing!!

    2. Tdot says:

      I’m a lurker and don’t post much – but you are a very very weird person….completely iced up roads and chances for bad accidents….WOW LET’S GO….SMH.

      1. RJ (Rockford) says:

        No people just need to learn how to drive! Don’t blame the weather – just slow down and don’t tail gate!!!

        1. Steve G says:

          I think we need an intervention. RJ, put down the shovel, think about your family. Your craving for the white stuff will go away if you focus on those around you who need you.

        2. RJ (Rockford) says:


    3. Tom says:

      I agree with RJ! It is winter after all! It is nice that it finally looks like it outside.

  19. Marshall says:

    Just a light dusting here at work in Eaton Rapids. I hear there is quite a bit of snow at home right now though (Clarksville) Should be a fun drive home tonight lol. Enjoy the snow everyone!

  20. carrie (byron center) says:

    Nasty out there….blowing and snowing!

    1. RJ (Rockford) says:

      Yes it is a great winter night.

      1. carrie (byron center) says:

        I love it too, finally!

  21. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

    I think it was a good call to post a Winter Weather ADVISORY. Just My 2 Cents Worth

    1. RJ (Rockford) says:

      100% agree. It was a great call!

  22. LM (GH twp) says:

    Just a little over an inch here in GH so far. Very windy, 18 degrees. Just went up to store. Roads very slick. Drive smart!

  23. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Driving is actually getting a bit better, because the temps are so cold more snow is sticking on top the ice making for some what better traction.

  24. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

    Yeah, we got passed over here on the lakeshore. :( What happened? Is the lake still too warm?? I thought living by the lake would help us get pounded…but it seems to skip over us a lot. :(

    1. Matt(Grand Haven) says:

      A wind off the lake hurt us today! all the snow melted on contact with the “warm” breeze off the lake. Pretty crazy for Feb. 10th

      1. RJ (Rockford) says:

        Yes that is crazy – you are supposed to get the lake effect?

      2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

        Ridiculous…A west southwest wind should be an awesome wind for us at this time of year (even more in January)… “sigh”

  25. Me :-) says:

    Snowing moderate here in North East Ionia at the moment. Combined with the wind the visibility is not that great and the roads are slippery. be careful out there! :-)

  26. Ryan (Plainfield Twp.) says:

    Left K-zoo at 4:35, and the roads up through the Allegan/Kent line were basically wet, with a few slick spots developing after you get past the casino. Then the change between that line and the city limits on 131 was unreal. The roads completely froze over and it was treacherous. Wound up getting off at Pearl St. b/c of the 196 interchange closed to go eastbound…BIG mistake. I sat in bumper to bumper traffic in downtown GR for 30 minutes. I wound up heading up Division because of some partial clearing in the traffic, only to be stopped for another 45 minutes between 196 and Leonard/Division! Finally I was able to drive about 20 MPH until I got home, but there were accidents everywhere. Real scary, but I love the snow for sure! Hope everyone stays safe.

  27. fixxxer says:

    Stupid lake effect snows!

  28. RJ (Rockford) says:

    Currently up to 6 inches of snow and the it is about done. Not bad when the forecast was for 1 to 2 inches. It is about time we got more than the actual forecast. Get out and enjoy the SNOW this weekend people. It will be perfect!

  29. ~Sherry~ (Comstock Park) says:

    I am at work missing all the fun but will be out driving in it soon. Just glad we finally got some snow. I felt like we were stuck in a long November.

  30. Jeff (SE Ionia County) says:

    Close to 3 inches down here in Portland. Watching out the window and seeing Interstate 96 traffic moving pretty slow all night. Glad i’m home off the roads. :)

  31. Steve Wood says:

    No snow in Los Angeles yet…

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

    Snow stick is showing 4.25″. Just got done plowing my driveway. I even had the Ole Gal ask if she could ride with me. 1st time. She had some plowing juice in her so i said ok and to dress up warm. I had her jump on the back of the 800. She was hooting and tooting for the 1st 35 mins,then she got quiet. Seems she was’nt dressed warm enough and now she is belching about how she cant get warm. Oh well,drive looks good and it is 11.5° now. Nice night out. Garage wide open with the Hair Bangers Ball playing on 101.3.

  33. william says:

    What happened to the 1 to 2 inch forecast from WOOD earlier today?
    Was this heavier snow totally unseen? How can that be? I’m in SE GR near Breton Village Mall and we have min. 5 inches.


  34. william says:


    I’m sure that the weather often takes weather forecasters by surprise…and maybe an explanation of what happened would be a good blog entry…after that fact ? (like what happened today)

    Love your blog.


  35. Kevin says:

    Looks like about 4 inches in Hastings

  36. michael g (SE GR) says:

    A solid 5.5 to 6″ here with a temp of 12*. Roads are an icy mess. REALLY slippery.

    If you want to give the NWS credit for issuing the WWA, you also have to ding them for their 1-3″ forecast that went with it.

    1. RJ (Rockford) says:

      100% agree!

  37. Martin (Marquette) says:

    Bill there is about 10″ of snow up here in Marquette, we love it her but miss west Michigan!

  38. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

    Amazing how much of a difference two miles makes…Where I work is about two miles from the lake and where I live is about 4.5 miles from the lake. I just got home and can definitely tell I have more snow where I live.

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

    Temp here just hit 9.9°,but went back up to 10.4. Snow is just about done.My snow measure stick is right around 4.75″ give or take. My gal is still froze to the bone from riding with me while plowing,so i figure i’ll be doing it by myself for the rest of my life.LOL. I told her to dress warmer. I think she said she had fun through her chattering teeth.HA. Now i’m back down to 9.9°.

  40. Mr. Negative says:

    Kalamazoo/36th St – four inches in the calm backyard, five inches on the drifted driveway.

  41. John says:

    After being on the roads tonight, I can’t believe the roads were not at least sanded. This really tics me off.

  42. INDY says:

    Graet call on the Adv. today NWS I will give u that one roads are slick and thick like Joanneee fat head ….About 6 inches of snow out at the YARDofBRICKS with drifts nice call Dan on the half foot of snow today we had the winds right!!! Bill we need about 53 inches more???? INDYY

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

    I might still be on for my call of 58″ of snow for the season. I’d still be happy if we did not get any more. I’m just waiting for baseball season. Go Tigers!! 9.1° here at this time.

  44. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Blizzard warning for Porter county in NW Indiana, snowfall rates UP TO 4″ PER HOUR with winds gusting 35-50 mph. Wow!

  45. I’m quite surprised at how much snow we got out of this system. I just took a short walk to one of the apartment’s community dumpsters and encountered snow 3-4 inches deep with drifts closer to 6 inches. COLD out there too.

  46. michael g (SE GR) says:

    To those who say there hasn’t been a pattern change this winter, I bring you these facts.

    Through Dec 31, 5.2″ of snow, 18.1% of normal

    Since Jan 1, 32.0″ of snow (assuming 5.0″ with this storm), 124.0% of normal.

    Yeah, practically the same.

    1. RJ (Rockford) says:

      Nice stats!

  47. Hastings says:

    Temp reading 8.9
    Quite the snow band to have a blizzard warning posted.

    40 frame shot of it

  48. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

    Two days of 40 degrees next week will surely melt a good chunk of this. Please make it so.

  49. Jeff B.(Gowen) says:

    After picking up my daughter from school yesterday from CTA (cedar springs), I thing the cold front was passing through. The wind picked up a little more, got a little dark, then snowed like crazy. I could feel the temp. drop fast. By 3:30 all the wet snow on my truck froze. I was very suprised by how much snow has fallen during the evening. What happened to the 1″ that was forcasted. We got 4 or 5″ here. It’s frustrating sometimes.

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