Blizzard Warning – Update

December 9th, 2012 at 3:43 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

    As I write this, there’s a Blizzard Warning for parts of Minnesota and the Dakotas and a Winter Storm Warning into NW Wisconsin.  The NWS is calling for 7-11″ of snow, along with wind chills as cold as -15 to -25.  Here’s the current Watch/Warning/Advisory Map.   I wonder if TWC will give this storm a name.   OK, would they give it a name if it hit the East Coast?    UPDATE:  Picture is morning tailgate set up for the Vikings/Bears game Sunday.  Minneapolis received 10.2″ of snow.  Other snow totals:  15″ Ham Lake MN, 14″ Farmington WI, 13.5″ Osceola WI, 13″ Red Wing MN, 10.8″ St. Cloud MN.  Cold air poured down the Plains behind the snowstorm.  High temperatures Sunday PM included 18 at Colorado Springs, 11 at Valentine NE and 1 above zero at Grand Forks ND – the Arctic air and snow is getting closer.

Also: Lots of cold and snow in Europe.  The link is in German, but it says:  “Four people died in Croatia and one in Serbia because of the cold authorities reported on Sunday. Traffic came to a standstill at many locations, the airport in Zagreb was closed for hours.”  Southeastern Europe was hit especially hard, with up to a half a meter of snow falling in the Balkan region. More lives were claimed in Poland, where Spiegel writes: “The winter outbreak has claimed 3 lives since Friday, temperatures in some regions fell below minus 15°C.”  Temperatures down to -8F were reported in Germany.  Scandinavia was also hard hit last week, where as many as 30 centimeters of snow fell during a “blizzard”, the English language Swedish The Local reported.   Also – Valdez, Alaska reported 13.9″ of snow on Sunday. King Salmon AK had a gust to 64 mph.

235 Responses to “Blizzard Warning – Update”

  1. bnoppe says:

    were learning about Spatial Interpolation in our mapping class!!

  2. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    Got sleet hitting my windows adn things freezing up and my weather station rain guage just fell off from my garage and hanging by it’s wires hitting the side of the garage :-(

  3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    How much snow in GR today?

  4. Nathan says:

    Pretty nice snow for the northern part of the viewing area today!

  5. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    It’s snowing really hard…in Minneapolis. Looks like they’re going to make up their 12″ snow deficit all in 1 day. Just shows how easy it can be to make up a deficit.

    1. John (Holland) says:

      True. One big storm can do it. Today would have been a nice bit of snow had it been 5 degrees colder. We’re so close…

      1. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

        Green Bay and Grand Rapids are both currently 34°. However, GB is suppose to get 3-6″, and basically nothing in GR. Lousy!

        1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

          It’s Michigan, things can change in a heart beat.

        2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          Eh, they won’t change in a heartbeat. This is a persistent pattern…

  6. mr. negative says:

    Another day, and more snow. It is Michigan in December…it snows here nearly everyday until mid June. Snow wishes have been delivered. Whining for a blizzard is nothing more than storm greed.

    1. John (Holland) says:

      Maybe in another Michigan it snows every day, but not this one.

      1. Steelie says:

        Good Day,

        According to the “Multiverse” theory, who knows… ;-)


    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      “Storm Greed”?? ROFL!!!!! Is that one of those “Thou shalt not hath” items? :-)

  7. Hudsonville BarnCat says:

    I hope all of you realize that there’s a chance that we might have sunshine and 80 degree weather from now until April. It’s a small chance … like 0.000000001% … but I’ve always gone for the long odds. Keep your sunblock handy.

  8. fixxxer says:

    More gloom & doom.

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      The weather, or you?

      1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:


      2. fixxxer says:

        Nope im perfectly content amd finacialy stable now but thanks mike. Your concern for my well being is touching.

        1. Tonka says:

          Plus spelling is your strong suite it seems. Why would you possibly feel the need to tell bills blog that your financially (spelled correctly)stable? Wow…

        2. Rumrunner says:

          You, sir, are an idiot. Bash someone for their spelling, and screw it up yourself. Way to go .

        3. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          Plus, punctuation mistakes!

  9. Deb says:

    Came home fromn Manistee this morning, The roads up there were horrible and never saw one salt truck out. There was a good 1/2 to 1 inch of slushy snow on the roads.

  10. dan says:

    why do we always find ourselves on the boring side of wether systems?too warm fora lot of snow.too cold for thunderstorms.

      1. fixxxer says:

        Maybe bill controls the weather at his super seceret hideout? ;)

        1. Scott (west olive) says:

          To the Bill Cave, Matt! Lol

  11. My wife just got back from shopping on alpine 3 mile, said roads with icy spots.

  12. SW Kent says:

    long range models are also backing off from the cold…..looks like a green Christmas is possible again

  13. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

    Well, we had two hours of non-accum. snowfall, then an hour of sleet and rain mixed, and then a 15 minute heavy burst of snow and then it stopped doing anything. We got a nice coating, and that’s all she wrote. Maybe Rocky’s exclamation marks, commas, “FACTS”, “stupids”, and NO SNOW proclamations do have some merit….. I think I’ll give it a go:

    We are in a SNOWY PATTERN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The models are never right, but the RPD 2 Model shows many many many blizzards coming this way over the winter!!!!!!!!!! If you don’t agree with this, well you are just “stupid”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you don’t understand what I am saying, well I have said it before. If you don’t like this comment, well, then, just don’t read it.

    Here comes the snow….fingers crossed….

    1. I will to cross my fingers, and maybe a toe or two.

      1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

        I just tried. I can only cross my big toes with the “pointer” toe…

    2. Stephen (North Muskegon says:

      Matt Lets go play some GOLF TOMORROW. Gotta GOLF GOLF GOLF GOLF GOLF GOLF
      Did i mention GOLF?

      1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

        Yeah! I’ve never golfed. It’s my favorite sport to play.

        1. Stephen (North Muskegon says:


        2. Bluewind says:

          Golf is the most boring thing ever.

        3. Stephen (North Muskegon says:


    3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Priceless :)

    4. GunLakeDeb says:

      Go, Matt! (Doing the Happy Snow Dance) Go, Matt!

  14. Bluewind says:

    I think I understand why the snow haters here are so bitter,they only get about four months of warm weather in this state. I guess I would be bitter too. Loving the cold sleeping weather this week!

    1. fixxxer says:

      Really only july was “hot”. It was all downhill come august.

      1. Mike (Mattawan) says:

        it was a hot summer for Michigan standards…its been a mild fall/winter transition so far. Im not complaining as long as the roads are not too slick.

      2. GunLakeDeb says:

        LOL!! I sure can tell you’re not a middle-aged woman :-) There’s nothing like suffering a Hot Flash when it’s 85 and humid…..

  15. Uncle sparkee says:

    Good morning my big city hobos!! Your ol uncle sparks is getting ready for the kin to come up from Tennessee for the holidays. Planning on takin the grand kids ice fishin. Thinking we will have a couple of inches by the end of the month up here in the back woods. Sparks jr. Is bringing some seeds he calls the devils dreads locks. Anyway gonna get crazy for the holidays!! Your ol aunty Edna is bakin a batch of brownies that will put me on Venus. Lovin this crazy winter weather! Varmint huntin in the mornin, should have some of the white stuff for tracking

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Good morning huh?

    2. Jack says:

      It’s Morning SOMEWHERE….. That’s why they Call it WAKE and BAKE… ;-)

  16. John (Holland) says:

    Here there’s very fine drizzle, which is probably snow 1000′ up, but we just got rain.

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      I didn’t think it could get much worse than last winter. I can’t believe this one has been even worse thus far…

      1. fixxxer says:

        Seems colder than last winter to me. As far as snow im ok with the current pattern.

        1. John (Holland) says:

          I have the same feeling, actually. We’ve had some warm days this November/December, but we’ve also had a lot of days that were just a few degrees too warm for snow. For all intents and purposes it should be snowing, it’s just not *quite* cold enough.

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      The one good aspect of yesterday’s rain was discovering the roof leaks on the house (leaks in the garage) we made an offer on :-) We adjusted our offer accordingly…. had it been snowing, we might not have caught that?

  17. INDY says:

    Ohh Man all the xmas cookies are yummie this time of year!!!!!! Now for some sprites what a nice winter weather we are having tonight !! GO LIONS BEAT THE PACKERS!! enjoy the game!! From getting thee 73 inch BIG screen ready for the game INDYY…..

  18. seabass says:

    In iron river now they been talking about this storm 4 2 days now and we are not getting much

  19. seabass says:

    But they do have 40 in of base at brule

  20. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    The No SNOW Pattern continues and no change in sight. Total snowfall today in GR was officially a trace and the seasonal total is 1.3 inches! Yes a whopping 1.3 inches. Pathetic! This winter is starting out far worse than last year!! For those of you that like to look at the long range the GFS is showing a moderate SNOWSTORM in the December 20, 21st time frame, however the world may be ending on this day, so I would not worry about it to much!

    1. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

      Yeah the worlds ending so happy I don’t have to worry about high school anymore :)

        1. Ryan (Algoma) says:


    2. Stephen (North Muskegon says:

      How about if the world doesn’t end that you cant talk about golf until April and if it does go ahead and keep talking about it.

      1. Scott (Belmont) says:

        LOL – Interesting concept, however if winter ever decides to start I will not be talking about golf anyway!

      2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

        Don’t be a “putter”, Stephen. Join the NO SNOW “club”. We are having a “ball” and we love to “boogie”, knowing there is a NO SNOW pattern!!!! This winter is on “par” in being one of the worst ever. One day when we actually miss the snow, we may “drive” to Canada in our “golf cart”. We may look pretty “stupid”, but atleast we will have Rocky to protect us with his “tee” as he hangs out of the front yelling “FORE”WARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE ARE IN A NOOOO SNOOOOW PAAAATTTTERN!!!!!!!!!!

        1. Stephen (North Muskegon says:

          Hahahaha. NO SNOW EVER!!!!!!!

        2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          It sure is nice to have so many fans. I really appreciate all of your support. Keep up the good work because you are doing a GREAT job. Oh by the way I may be golfing by next weekend!

        3. Scott (west olive) says:

          Pretty good hook to that. Lol

        4. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          Good one, Scott! :)

        5. GunLakeDeb says:

          We are TRAPped in this pattern until Alaska DRIVES the cold farther south and the Jet Stream WEDGES some moisture over the Big Lake. I can’t HAZARD when that will happen, though…. it looks like snow might be a FAIR WAY off :-(

          For us snow lovers, it’s really ROUGH.

        6. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          Haha! Good job, Deb!

    3. Mike (Mattawan) says:

      Better than in Mattawan. (as long as MORE snow is BETTER)

  21. Scott (Belmont) says:

    I’m with Rocky. We are having a very bad winter so far and you cannot deny that we are in somewhat of a snow drought.

  22. INDY says:

    Check out the game in Greenbay the snow is coming down maybe it will help the Lions!!! From eating 10 xmass cookies drinking sproites on this Sunday night ..Yoooooooooo INDYY….

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Lion’s have a good drive going right now. In the red zone!

  23. Steelie says:

    Good Day,

    I would not be suprised to see at least a few school delays off to the North tomorrow morning…


  24. Harry (Battle Creek) says:

    Still just a fine annoying mist here in Battle Creek.

    I hate these weather patterns… Highs in the upper 20′s to mid 30′s with partly cloudy days, then when a low approaches, temperatures soar into the 40′s with rain, then back to cold and sunny, warm then rainy… Etc

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      I agree, lets get on with winter.

    2. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Yes, it’s depressing. Think about this one. About a week ago Fox17 had a high of 55, and rain for today. I never got above 36 today. So a lot can change, in a short amount of time.

    3. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Yeah, this pattern really is crap. It is a big smack in the face when after last winter, most were saying, “This winter couldn’t be any worse!” Hmmmm…. Up to now, it’s just as bad, if not worse.

    4. John (Holland) says:

      It’s as close to snowing as it gets, without actually snowing. Just really cold rain and mist. I wish the temps would just drop a few more degrees and get on with it.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Yes I actually agree with you. If it is too cold to golf I am rooting for a lot of snow. Bring on the SNOWSTORMS!

        1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          WOO HOO!

  25. INDY says:

    Lions wow at half 14-10 who would of thought!!! Its snowing in Greenbay! INDYY..

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  26. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    I see its now down to 31 at my house the rain/drizzle has now stopped.

  27. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    Freezing rain advisory over here. Went to go out and my car had almost a half inch of solid ice everywhere.

  28. Jacob G says:

    While we are still ramping up into winter there is a in depth post at the following: Warning it goes into some heavy in depth discussion but something to think about for this winter. Maybe this will help those who still believe we are in the same pattern as last year. Finally the winter of 78-79 had a persistent negative AO, NAO and PNA. That winter started off slow but ramped up hard mid month in December and there was no looking back. (additional stats on historical indicies at

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Most indications are that it could stay on the warmer side of average into January. So while we may have short shots of cold temps and I am sure we could get several chances of snow or ice (we were not that far off today) the over all pattern looks above average temp wise.

  29. Skot says:

    If I am going to get banned, let it be now…..HEY ROCK, FUCK OFF YOU STUPID DUMB ASS !!!!

    1. INDY says:

      Or Fizzer!!! lolololololo ….Great cue’s Jack let the good times roll..INDYY….

      1. Jack says:

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        1. Ryan (Algoma) says:

          I wonder if Snot, Jordan and Deb are all related.

        2. Jack says:

          Disfuctional Family…Possibly… ;-)

    2. OWK says:


    3. fixxxer says:

      Skot did you forget to take your meds today? I love how people on the “internet” get you soo upset.

    4. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Yikes, Skot. I hope everything is alright in your life. I realize Rocky is, Rocky…but it doesn’t seem worth it to risk putting yourself out there like that…

    5. Rumrunner says:

      Now what did that accomplish? Nothing. At least think it through. Come up with something better than what you did. Holy Cats man….

    6. Scott (west olive) says:

      I thought you were talking to my dog Rock, I tell him the same thing!

    7. INDY says:

      Keep up the good words Skot ……..INDYY…

  30. OWK says:

    This is off topic,but..

    Finally a picture of the new Superman for his new movie. I can’t wait!

    1. fixxxer says:

      The actor is ok but the new suit sucks.

      1. OWK says:

        I think DC had to change Superman’s suit because of a lawsuit with his creators,I think..

  31. Bnoppe says:

    Here’s a thought since nextweekeds system is warm maybe it will trend colder

    1. Jack says:

      I get it …REVERSE…PSYCHOLOGY…IT’S Worth A SHOT… However it Doesn’t Work, When it Comes To the LIONS. :-(

      1. OWK says:

        I don’t understand why Lions fans keep going to their games and buying their stuff. Stop and they will change things to get fans back.

        1. OWK says:

          p.s I miss my Red Wings hockey. The only team in Michigan who wins championships,

        2. Jack says:

          Red – Wing Fan..ME !! I do Recall a day that The Wings, NICKNAME was DEAD- WINGS, just SAYIN

      2. Brian(Grandville) says:

        Good grief. What a let down of a season. Time to clean house in the off season. From coaching staff to roster.

        1. OWK says:

          Been there,done that. What more can they do? Again,I ask you Lion’s fans the question of when is enough going to be enough?

        2. Jack says:

          It’s The FORD FAMILY, Who Doesn’t Give…Ahhhhhhhh.CRAP..

    2. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Yes, and then warm again, then cool again, then…………………..

      1. OWK says:

        Yep. Next winter could be like this too,seems like these patterns are always in threes.

        1. Brian(Grandville) says:

          Yes, bad events in general always come in three’s.

        2. OWK says:

          If we don’t get lots of rain in the Spring and Summer,then yes,this will not be good.

  32. Mike Geukes says:

    I am happy with less snow, makes it easier to get around in my wheelchair and when I wear my prosthetic leg.

  33. 2.5 inches on the ground, but soon to be a memory with a warm trending storm for this weekend coming in. Not looking good.

  34. Gratiot county schools delayed this morning

  35. Heidi Kortman says:

    Bill, is it true that the National Weather Service is now naming winter storms/blizzards?

    1. Yes and it’s stupid, but it’s for us non ocean folk who want something to ask the gov for hands outs for. lol I just think it’s pointless myself but will have fun with it on my weather site so what the hang. I can see it soon, “Blizzard Bill” but Bill Steffen or Bill Spencer LOL boy this could be a mess hehe

    2. Cort S. says:

      No, this is all The Weather Channel’s doing.

      The National Weather Service does not refer to winter storms by name.

      1. Heidi Kortman says:

        Cort, that’s what I thought.

      2. Oh, we’ll that figures, thanx Cort

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