Monday EveningMarch 5th, 2012 at 3:37 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
High of 31 in G.R. today, 29 in Muskegon, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek – maybe the last time that this winter that the high temperature stays below freezing. A little band of snow (mostly aloft, but not all aloft) is moving over Lake Michigan and may put down a dusting (1″ tops) of snow mainly north of G.R. tonight. It’s not impossible that there could be an icy spot on the roads thru about 9 or 10 AM (until it melts) mainly north of G.R. It’ll be windy and warmer tomorrow with highs in the low 50s south of G.R. Let’s start off with some good news. Now some bad news…it may be Friday before power has been restored to everyone in the wake of Friday’s snowstorm. Hundreds of trees were toppled by the weight of up to 20″ of heavy wet snow. If you count all the different power companies, it looks like about 200,000 customers lost power at some point. Crews had to remove many trees and branches from roads. Hardest hit were Leelanau, Benzie and Grand Traverse Counties. Many schools remain closed up north. It’ll probably be gone when you read this but there was a really nice meso-low visible on the Marquette radar coming off Lake Superior at 3:30 AM. Where skies have cleared and there is snow on the ground, it’s cold… +3 at Big Rapids at 3 AM and -10 in Grayling. Weather for the week: cool today (Mon.), low 30s. Breezy and warmer Tuesday, upper 40s to maybe 50. Wednesday up to 52-60 with rain Weds. night. Thurs. PM and Fri. look dry and low-mid 40s. Saturday it’s back in the 50s…well into the 50s on Sunday with scattered showers. (picture of Traverse City snow from ReportIt).