ThursdayDecember 27th, 2012 at 2:11 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
This is snow on the ground in Central Arkansas (pic. from KARK) where the National Guard has been called out to help with the storm clean-up. Up to a foot of snow fell in Arkansas, with 9″ in Little Rock (their 3rd biggest December snowfall). Albion IL had 18.3″, with 11″ in Evansville and nearly 8″ in Indianapolis. Watch out for slick spots on the sidewalks, parking lots, side streets and rural roads especially today. There are no significant storm systems coming our way. The models print out some light snow from Friday PM into Saturday night…an inch, maybe two at the most. Most days next week we’ll have a chance of a little light snow or flurries. Grand Rapids officially received 3.1″ of snow yesterday, more than doubling our season snowfall to 5.8″. That’s more than the 3.6″ we had for a season total last year on 12/27, but 19″ below average. We’ve had 21% of possible sunshine for December through the 26th. There is more snow in the forecast. An inch or two is likely from Friday into Saturday and lake-effect snow showers are likely early next week with additional accumulations. With the coldest air of the season a possibility by the middle of next week and Lake Michigan still around 40F, the potential is there for some areas to get more significant lake-effect snow as the Arctic air arrives. The morning GRR NWS discussion is a good one. Speaking of the NWS, SPC did a good job with the outlooks (risk area out on Day 4) and watches with the Christmas Day severe weather down South.