2/3rds of Lower 48 states has a snowcover

December 27th, 2012 at 1:43 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Click the map to enlarge.  Look at the swath of snow from the storm from N. Texas to New England.  It’s hard to see, but there’s a tiny dot around Muskegon/Grand Haven without snow on the ground.  65% of the Lower 48 States has a snow cover this morning.  Last year on this date, there was only a 24.3% U.S. snow cover.   Also, the latest GFS has a massive Arctic outbreak across the eastern U.S. around Jan. 4.  Lake Michigan makes a difference…the model has Green Bay -12 Friday 1/4 AM and Traverse city +12.  It’s the GFS model and that does have a tendency to overdo cold outbreaks in the long term, but it it’s right, we’d have highs of 10-15 for at least one day with lake-effect snow showers a certainty.  The European model is also latching onto a cold outbreak.  It’s got the 850mb temperature in G.R. down to -17C (1.4F) on Tues. 1/3 with lake-effect snow.  Both models look pretty chilly for the first week of Jan.  There’s a slight risk of severe weather in LA/MS tomorrow.

47 Responses to “2/3rds of Lower 48 states has a snowcover”

  1. Jeff (S.E. Ionia County) says:

    A solid 2″ down here in Portland .. Seems more like the holidays now with the white on the ground. :)

  2. Ned S. (Now in South Holland) says:

    We have about 1/4 to 1/2 inch of snow just east of Holland. There is snow on the ground in the Holland Hospital area (an inch or so) from last Friday’s storm remnants.

  3. Michael g (se gr) says:

    GFS has temps near 40 below normal in wisconsin next weekend, the lake moderates things to about 16 below normal here.

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  5. Jen in Middleville says:

    Thanks for the heads up! Hope it works out for us, got new cold/snow gear. Need more cold and snow to really test it out!

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  7. fixxxer says:

    Well we knew we could get the white crap sooner or later. Ill admit its colder than last year. Just hope spring & summer dont suffer. We are due for a cooler pattern and it sucks!

  8. Rumrunner says:

    Dude, I understand you used to work in radio, but does every post you make have to be a link? You just spam the hell out of the blog. To me, no different than someone spamming it with ads.

    1. Mike in Hamilton says:

      i don’t mind the music links (although I rarely click them) I appreciate the clever references. Now to political/global warming/whatever else is not in some way related to the topic Bill started is another thing….

      1. Rumrunner says:

        Agreed, that is just as annoying.

        1. fixxxer says:

          Cut jack some slack.

  9. Stephen (North Muskegon says:

    I thought it was my computer not being able to look at the GFS and Nam but it wasn’t. From Noaa:

    On December 26, 2012, the Model Analysis and Guidance (MAG) website experienced a major hardware failure.

    We are working with NOAA’s Web Operations Center to return the MAG to the standard user interface. In the meantime, limited services for the North American region have been restored to accommodate our customers who access the GFS, NAM, and RAP model GIF images directly.

    For those who use the web interface, we will continue to provide enhancements to this site as quickly as possible.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

    1. Scott (west olive) says:

      Finally choked itself. Lol

  10. Mike (Berrien county) says:

    The NAM, GFS, & EURO are all starting to hint at an arctic outbreak for next week with potentially significant lake effect snows in the northwest flow, yet the NWS in northern IN has no mention of snow in the forecast for Berrien county from Sunday thru next Thursday. I absolutely cannot see how that is possible. We would have to get at least some snow during that time period.

    1. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

      Their probably just waiting until next week

  11. SW Kent says:

    Hoping for a west to WSW wind direction late next week.
    I’ll even take a WNW……..looks like a NW flow however which does not bode as well for me.

  12. Sara (Spring Lake) says:

    I think we are really in need of some snow here on the lakeshore. I am impatiently waiting for Muskegon Winter Sports Complex ice skating rink and trail to open. They have to have snow for a base, even though the temps are cold enough they can’t get the ice skating going yet. I really really can’t wait for snow here!!!

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      It has been ridiculous!

  13. arcturus says:

    Space Station visible at 6:12 pm in the NNE about 40 degrees up, heading SE.

    1. Steelie says:

      good Day,

      Just got back inside – that was a nice fly over…


  14. Mike in Hamilton says:

    Looking forward to some good old fashioned lake effect! Although the lakes sure could use some more synoptic snow…

    I kinda miss the old days when the radar couldn’t pick up the lake effect very well, and the TV stations wouldn’t even report the “snow storm” that we would be sitting under in South Haven… We could get a foot of snow with barely a mention on TV back in the early eighties! In fact, there was one year that we did not have school on a single Monday for all of January. (We didn’t have to make it up back then, either :) )

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Could that have been 1982? I think that was the year we had 3 blizzard warnings for the lakeshore counties on 3 successive Sundays. We had successive Sundays with highs of +5 and +3 with strong winds. That was the year of the famous “Freezer Bowl”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freezer_Bowl

      1. Mike in Hamilton says:

        yes, i believe 1982 was the year.

        good times… good times…

  15. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

    The Nws in Milwaukee gives Milwaukee 5″ of snow tomorrow perhaps there will be some 3-5″ totals tomorrow in West Michigan for you guys

    1. fixxxer says:

      Hopefully not.

      1. ptmartin (grandville) says:

        hopefully yes

        1. SBPortage002 says:

          Few more inches sounds good to me.

        2. fixxxer says:

          Heres to another hot march and summer.

    2. Bill Steffen says:

      Milwaukee may get a little boost from Lake Michigan because of the light east wind.

  16. Jeff (S.E. Ionia County) says:

    Tine to build on our snow base. I will take 1-3″ of snow. :)

    1. I would be happy to get a good 3″ on top of the 4″ fallen here where i live. 7″ on the ground would be great :D . Pretty cool Byron Center got the top total in west Michigan based on the snowfall amounts chart. Thats where i live and i thought 0.5″-1″ would fall

  17. Slimjim says:

    We are now in Fort Myers. We got here around 3 pm the temp was 72 and sunny. In fact it was sunny all the way from Tifton,ga but it was COOL until south of Gainsville with the temps in the mid 40′s the the mid to upper 60′s from Tampa south. I hope you all are liking your snow as for me will enjoy the nice warm days down here!

    1. fixxxer says:

      Lucky you slim, enjoy! My wife and i will go to florida or hawaii in march.

      1. Jevon Murphy (Chicago) says:

        Hawaii sounds nice in the summer, can’t leave during the winter months because I might miss a decent winter storm ot two!?

  18. Look’s like the best chances for the 2-3″ would be between 96 and 94. That sector would be the most likely spot to get the 3″. Futurcast and the weather channel show the best snow in that corridor. Thats good with me. I fall in that section :D

    1. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

      Yeah Muskegon to south Haven will be the sweet spot places north and south of that line will probably recieve little if any snow

  19. Kimoeagle says:

    Daughter – now in GRR – relayed that her area due for 3+” of snow tomoorow and Sat. We’re not slated to get anything here in NE IN, so I decided to surf a little. Here’s what IWX NWS said about our weather, and it may well impact your (GRR) WX and that of SW MI:

  20. weather watcher says:

    Winter weather advisory just posted for my area. Beginning from 1pm to 6 a.m. Saturday…

  21. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

    Winter wx advisory has been issued for all of west Michigan 1pm tomorrow to 6am Saturday for 1-3″ locally 4″ of snow with slippery travel

  22. I love it how the counties without the winter weather advisory got more snow than those in it. NWS officials should actually LOOK out the window instead at what there computer is saying to them

    1. With the exception of the SE part of the state

    2. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

      This time they mainly issued it due to road conditions

      1. Yeah roads were pretty bad. I still think Allegan and Kent should have been added. Roads were absolutely terrible. Accidents everywhere in 131

    3. Jevon Murphy (Chicago) says:

      Well, for the most part its all the have to rely on is those computers!

  23. Jevon Murphy (Chicago) says:

    Look how the snow map has light to no color at all from SE KS/NE OK to Centra/Northern IL to W. MI, you can clearly tell that we were sandwiched in between Draco and Euclid. Wow, what a weather pattern…

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Thanks for the Christmas Card!

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