Light Snow

December 28th, 2012 at 1:47 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local  Occasional light snow tonight thru Saturday will amount to a dusting to a little over an inch.  Roads may have isolated slick spots, especially lesser traveled roads at night, parking lots and sidewalks.  Today we have 64.4% of the Lower 48 States with a snow cover.  That’s more than any 12/28 in at least the last 10 years.  Montreal, Canada had their biggest single-day snowstorm ever with 17.7″, bringing their December total to 32″.   One traffic jam due to the storm had motorists stalled for up to five hours!  The GFS and European models still have the Arctic outbreak for next Thurs. or Friday with daytime temperatures stuck mainly in the mid-upper teens to near 20.  The Canadian model isn’t as cold.  It would be a quick shot of cold air with temperatures warming back to at least average fairly quickly.   For current Michigan weather observations and wind speeds, click here. You can check out the S. Haven Lighthouse, the Spyglass Condos Weather Station by the Holland Channel, the Muskegon beach (when the wind is in knots – kts. – multiply by 1.15 to get mph), and the beach at Michigan City, Indiana. Snow cover as of 12/28 AM: 12″ Grand Marais, 14″ Marquette, 14″ Gaylord, 10″ S. Ste. Marie, 7″ Cadillac, 6″ Lake City, 4″Alpena, Houghton Lake and Baldwin, 2″ near Big Rapids, Lansing, Grandville and the Ford Airport in G.R.  Here’s NAM model snowfall thru 84 hours, the GFS snowfall thru 120 hours and the HPC snowfall predictions. Here’s WOOD-TV Interactive Radar, looping radar. Check out the current conditions, regional radar, GRR radar, northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s the College of DuPage Radar Map, Storm total rainfall, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the WOOD lightning tracker and U.S. lightning Marantha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime). Here’s Lake Michigan water temperatures. Here’s storm total rainfall for W. Michigan and E. Michigan. Here’s data from the mid-lake buoy (not available in winter) and the Wind Map. And…here’s the 84-hour NAM snowfall amount forecast for W. Michigan and the 120-hour GFS snowfall amount forecast.  Here’s local storm reports from Iowa, Western Wisconsin, Eastern Wisconsin, and northern Michigan. Check out  these webcams and the Snowman Cam from Gaylord.         Here’s a few pictures of the last snowstorm.

39 Responses to “Light Snow”

  1. Mike (Mattawan) says:

    We need snow. That is all.

  2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    The GR/Muskegon NO SNOW bubble is in full effect!! One batch of snow stayed to the South and one batch stayed to the Northeast! About the only hope that we have is some lake effect for next week.

  3. Sprites says:

    Living only about a mile from the lake, I am hoping to get nailed with LES next week. That is about my only snow hope right now.

    1. fixxxer says:

      You should give up. Stop looking at long ranges and buying into hype

  4. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

    It looks like the only thing you guys need next week for a decent lake effect event is the right flow according to the Nws in grr

  5. Sprites says:

    Bill, what does the Lake Effect potential actually look like? I know its far to early for you to pin down amounts. But should the usual NW-NNW areas expect atleast a moderate-significant event(6″+) over the course of Wednesday-Friday?

    1. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

      It’s going to be hard to predict because of what type of flow you guys get you can read the Nws grr forecast discussion in the long range section to understand more

      1. Sprites says:

        Ya I read it, they seem to think the flow might go off shore for a short time. Which would be a bummer. But it looks like it would be NNW for much of the event though, which normally hits me very hard along the lakeshore just NW of Holland. Obviously, the totals would be cut some if the snow stayed off shore for some of the event, but conditions look right where some bands could set up 1″ an hour rates while onshore.

  6. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Looks like a nice little band of snow on the radar headed this way. We’ll see.

    1. Sprites(Holland) says:

      Ya, its been snowing at a good clip here for the last 30 minutes or so. Picked up more snow in the last half an hour than I have all day.

  7. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

    My friend in GH said it has been snowing pretty good in and off all day!

    1. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:


      1. SWKent says:

        Deb, do you live in OK City?

        1. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

          Yeah I look for weather in Michigan too though

    2. Scott (west olive) says:

      Im in GH waiting for my pizza, it’s not snowing pretty good. Very fine snow some parking lots are slippery.

      1. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

        Where she lives I like to call my friends in Michigan you know!

  8. SW Kent says:

    Just when it looks like we might get a decent shot of Lake Effect towards the end of next week, it now appears that we will have an ENE wind, just the opposite of the WSW I need for lake effect here in Byron Center. Well, it will be cold, but it may be sunny as well.
    Either way, the cold air looks to be rather short lived as moderating air returns early the following week.

    1. Mike (Berrien county) says:

      Where does it show the northeast flow?? The GFS & EURO both show a good northwest flow with cold air & lake effect by mid to late week.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      It is virtually impossible for a model to accurately predict wind direction 6 day from now! By the time this event actually takes place we might have clipper system track North of us that will bring a nice WSW wind over the lake and GR will get hammered!

  9. Mike (Berrien county) says:

    18Z NAM taking that mid week storm much further north giving most of west Michigan accumulating snow!! Stay tuned. :-)

    1. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

      Lake effect or just a regular storm?

      1. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

        This model didn’t work for me I have a mac that might be why? I need to know because my Grandma who lives in South Bend is moving to Florida for the Winter on Tuesday and need to know if she should wait or leave earlier?

        1. Mike (Berrien county) says:

          It’s not your computer. See

      2. Mike (Berrien county) says: A regular storm Deb, plus some lake effect from the latest 18Z GFS which is just coming out now.

        1. Deb (Oklahoma City) says:

          Ok thank you :)

    2. Mike (Berrien county) says:

      Sorry with the hardware failure the NWS has been experiencing lately on their website, maybe this link will work better.

  10. fixxxer says:

    Pretty big failure today. Fine by me.


    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Every day is a pretty big failure for you fix. Ought to be used to it by now.

      1. michael g (SE GR) says:


      2. fixxxer says:


      3. Brian(Grandville) says:

        You two are hilarious.

    2. TACO BOY says:

      U are taco right…..

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

    We maybe got 0.25-0.5″ of snow today, but it was so fluffy, it’s almost like we didn’t even get any snow.

  12. Slimjim says:

    Went to sister in laws house and then went out for dinner. Down here in Fort Myers we had a off and on light rain and its rather humid with the temps running from the upper 60′s to the low 70″s with it being and even 70 at the motel we are at.

    1. bobcat says:

      Sorry to hear how cool it is down there for your vacation. Global warming at it’s finest, I guess. sigh.

  13. Brian(Grandville) says:

    I think the NWS shouldn’t issue these nancy boy advisories until the weather is actually happening, or in the very near future. That’s how it used to be. No advisory for anything under 3″. It’s gonna end up becoming like the story of “the boy who cried wolf”.

  14. I’d love to know what you guys are looking at, I dont see a midweek storm at all.

  15. whatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

    I cleaned off all of the snow in my driveway with a toothbush in 30 seconds. My driveway is 200 ft long btw. (Northern Muskegon County).

  16. Jill C. says:

    Hooray! Fruitland Township got snow today. :)

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