Sunday eveningFebruary 11th, 2012 at 3:02 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Picture is snow in Allegan Co. Saturday PM from Kelli Biesbrock (click the pic. to enlarge). 4:40 PM Sunday - Nice to see the sunshine today. It’s been a little breezy. I’m up near 30 and the snow is melting on the driveway in the sun. We’ve gained an hour of daylight in the evening since we had our earliest sunset on Dec. 8. Here’s a nice write up on the Friday storm from the GRR NWS. WOW! Look at the snowdump they got in Berrien Co. (lake-effect). 5.4″ in an hour and 40 minutes and 20.9″ in 9 hours! We have scattered flurries and snow showers, not nearly as heavy as last night. Overnight the single band of heavy lake effect snow blasted Indiana with true blizzard conditions. Visibility was reduced to “less than 30 yards“. Nearly a foot of snow fell, with estimates of 2-4″ in one hour! Wind gusts hit 60 mph at Burns Harbor IN. Anywhere from a dusting to 8″ of snow is expected as this band comes in…heavy snow is mostly likely in western Oceana County and south of Holland. FORECAST: Flurries continue tonight…becoming partly to mostly sunny, breezy and cold tomorrow…1-3″ snow for Monday night/Tuesday…next system brings snow or a mix starting Weds. night (evening still OK) into Thursday with some accumulation (I haven’t looked at much on this system) and snow showers on Friday. Cold front pushed all the way down past the Gulf of Mexico. We had lows in many areas in the single figures last night. White Cloud was -1. A Flash Freeze took place across the area during the afternoon and evening on Friday. 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 was 6.6″ in East Grand Rapids. The National Weather Service reported 6.2″ of snow, bringing our season snowfall to 38.4″, and 3.7″ at Kalamazoo (WMU) with 47.3″ so far this season. As of midnight, Oshtemo was up to 54″ for the season. Muskegon reported just 1.2″ of snow, bringing their season total to 41.5″. Lansing had 3.7″, and a new season snowfall of 30.3″. I got home around 3:30 AM and it was clear, nearly full moon and fairly calm, allowing the temperature to dip to +1. That’s the coldest of the season for me, so far. 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.