Winter Storm Warning!March 1st, 2012 at 10:16 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
7:25 PM - Heaviest snow in SE Wisconsin pulling NE. The heaviest snow in Mich. may be north of Oceana Co. ( GRR says we may need a Winter Weather Advisory when the snow along the cold front moves through the area tomorrow). A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Muskegon Co. from 7 PM today to 1 PM Friday for 2-5″ of snow, for Oceana Co. for 5-8″ of snow and for Mason, Lake, Osceola and Clare Counties north to the U.P. for 6-10″ of new snow. We also have a Winter Weather Advisory for Mecosta and Isabella Counties. AND all of us are under a High Wind Warning for tonight and tomorrow morning for wind gusts up to 60 mph. Wind gusts of 40-60 mph will cause some drifting, despite the heavy snow. Road conditions will deteriorate rapidly during the evening and travel will be difficult in these areas from Friday night thru midday Saturday. Here’s HPC’s forecast percentages for 4″ of snow, 8″ of snow and 12″ of snow. There’s a Winter Storm Warning across the lake for eastern Wisconsin for up to 8″ of new snow. This may be the last cold weekend and with cool air and fresh snow, this’ll be a good weekend to hit your favorite ski/tubing/snowmobile/snowboarding area – skating at Rosa Park, etc. There’s already a lot of snow on the ground up north. The least amount of snow on the ground in the U.P. is 11 inches near Escanaba. Marquette NWS has 30″ on the ground. Also 30″ of snow cover at Twin Lakes and Mohawk. Watersmeet has 31″ on the ground, with 24 at Grand Marais, 23″ at Munising and 15″ at Newberry. In Lower Michigan, the Houghton Lake Airport had 20″ on the ground, with 18″ at Gaylord, 24″ at Kalkaska and 13″ at Alpena. The 00Z European keeps us chilly Friday night thru early Tuesday. It gives G.R. a high of 60 next Weds. Rain and cooler Weds. night and Thurs.