White Christmas

December 25th, 2012 at 8:27 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  Click map at the left to enlarge.     The National Snow Analysis shows that 51.1% of the country woke up to snow on the ground this Christmas morning.  That’s significantly more than the 29.2% snow cover we had on Christmas 2011.   The 51.1% is the 3rd highest in the last ten years.  That number is going to increase as the latest winter storm dumps snow from Oklahoma and Arkansas to New England.  Most of our area is in the white color on the map because we have trace amounts of snow on the ground.  Check out the latest National Watch/Warning Map, showing Blizzard Warnings from Arkansas to Ohio.  In our area, observers reported an inch of snow on the ground in Paw Paw, Lansing, DeWitt and Montague, with 2″ on the ground in Hart and Big Rapids.  Houghton Lake reported a 5″ snow cover and Cadillac had 8″.  The most was near Gaylord, where one observer measured 17″ on the ground this morning.  Other snow cover reports:  10″ S. Ste. Marie and Newberry, 11″ Pellston, 14″ Grand Marais and15″ at the Marquette NWS.   Not much snow for our area from the Weds. PM storm, maybe an inch or two southeast of G.R.  We’ll see snow showers and maybe an inch or two between Friday and Tuesday.  No big storms for us, but it stays cool enough that any precipitation we get will be snow.

Here’s a look at historic Southern snowstorms (inc. a pic. of a blizzard in New Orleans!)  Snowfall totals from the current storm:  0.4″ Dallas TX, 7.2″ Bowie TX, 12″ Vandervort and Bogg Springs AR.  Thundersnow was  reported in Little Rock.

Also, that was the planet Jupiter close to the moon last night.

25 Responses to “White Christmas”

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

    Bloomingdale in Van Buren county has 2-3″ for snow cover right now. Open fields were spotty where the snow from Friday was blown around. Then there were drifts that were 6-8″ or so along the east/west roads.

  2. Paul says:

    No snow in Grand Haven.

  3. bnoppe(Albion) says:

    GFS is bullish on the snowfall totals, shows the transfer happening a little later but I’m not seeing that happen

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

      Yeah, for some reason it added like 3″ to the snowfall for most us. I don’t see it happening either.

      1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

        If the transfer happens later, it means more of the snow making it further north…it’s definitely possible. As always, it will be watching the radar time soon…

  4. SW Kent says:

    I have lived in Byron Center for nearly 50 years and I can never remember a 12 month lack of snow like the past 12 months.
    In BC we are on the edge of the snowbelt for NW winds and can benefit on a West wind and especially a WSW wind.
    I remember in 1990 on Christmas day receiving 11 inches of fresh lake effect powder on a persistent WSW wind.
    I miss those days…….

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Aw, this kills me…knowing I moved here during the worst snow drought. I hear GREAT things in Muskegon about those Southwest wind snow events…. Locals say there are times when it would snow for 30 days straight…

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

        December 2008 we had 60″+ which was almost all from lake effect. Had 31″ on our deck!

        1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          Yeah, I hear about that month! I sort of got that experience, to a lesser degree, in January 2010.

        2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:


      2. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

        I think in dec of 2002, gr got about 50″ of lake effect in about a week starting Christmas. A sw lake effect persisted.

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          It was Dec. 2001 – We had 51.7″ of snow in the last 9 days of December. It just kept on coming. I remember we got up to 18″ on the ground here at WOOD and it would have been a lot more if it had not been real fluffy and quickly compacted. From the evening of Dec. 23rd thru Jan. 3rd, the warmest temperature was 28. Then we had less than 1/2″ of snow in the first two weeks of January.

  5. bnoppe(Albion) says:

    Stupid East Coast Transfer! we were in the primezone for a freaking blizzard

  6. Mike (Mattawan) says:

    about an inch (some areas bare) in Mattawan….. but still a pretty solid cover of snow in our yard.

  7. snowplow says:

    Were in the world is our snow…the past two winters have been horrible…we could really use the snow for business…not only to help the local economy but to help crops in the spring…cause without a good snowpack this summers drought may just be even worse than it was thi past summer. So Bill when is it goin to snow more than an inch here and there?

    1. Scott (west olive) says:

      I agree, not getting much use out of the plow. I’m really thinking this will be my last year. Not worth the trouble anymore.

  8. bnoppe(Albion) says:

    .it appears that the snow bands will reach a little further north than previously forecast, however this doesn’t change snow fall accumulations much. We’re looking pretty solid for 2 to 4 inches in Lansing. Possibly 6 inches in Jackson. (a bit more out by Detroit/Ann Arbor). Snowfall starting around 10am in Jackson, closer to noon in Lansing. High winds and cold temps though makes for some dangerous driving conditions and windchills in the single digits. Winter Weather Advisory is in place starting at 10am.

    1. snowplow says:

      Yeah…seen the forecast…its been that way all year soo far. All the snow is north of muskegon, east of gr and south of holland…and nonthing in the area we service. Just another non profit year again. Ready to start grass cuts and other spring landscaping projects that are already to go.

  9. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Keep the snow and wind out of here please! Some of us are trying to accomplish some holiday traveling!

  10. bnoppe(Albion) says:

    Latest NAM and GFS bumped up snowfall totals for TMW for the Area’s who were expecting SNOW, Sorry GR folks an inch of less there,

  11. bnoppe(Albion) says:

    fox17 has “Heavy Snow” under Monday…HAHA

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

      I saw that too, they have had it on their forecast for awhile with a “?” after it until today. He said it would be lake effect with the coldest air of the season.

  12. Jill C. says:

    My family down in Dallas and Tarrant Counties (Texas) got more than a dusting this afternoon — a welcome Christmas present for our two young grandsons! They built a couple little snowmen on the deck out back and then went sledding on a hill nearby. It’ll be colder there tonight than here but their snow will probably be long gone by week’s end AND it may be all they get this season.

  13. Storm waning says:

    The greater Grand Rapids area will remain snow free this winter. All snow will be to the west or east of the greater Grand Rapids area. This trend will hold for several years to come. Winter is dead, long live winter.

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