Snow This AM/TodayJanuary 3rd, 2013 at 2:38 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Still a few flakes around this evening. Snowfall totaled just 1/2 to 1″ across most of Mason, Oceana and W. Newaygo Co. with a dusting elsewhere. It’ll be partly sunny and breezy tomorrow (Fri.) with maybe an inch of snow (could be a brief mix) mainly Sat. night. A more significant storm moves in either Weds. or Thurs. of next week. The Euro. at least starts that as rain. The GFS (as per usual) is colder after day 8. It’s going to snow around El Paso, TX into N. Mexico…but not here…go figure. At 2 pm EST, Guadalupe Pass TX reported a temperature of 24, a wind of 40 mph, moderate freezing rain and thick blowing fog (visibility ,1/4 mile – they’re in the clouds)…nice day. El Paso has had 3″ of snow. Check out the latest the GRR NWS discussion. 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, Maranatha 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 (summer). 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. Here’s local storm reports from Iowa, Western Wisconsin, Eastern Wisconsin, and northern Michigan. Check out these webcams and the Snowman Cam from Gaylord. 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.
Model data: The models print out very little snow. The 00Z NAM Caribou is in now and it gives G.R. a dusting Tuesday night and that’s it out 3 days. Older 12Z Saturday data: The GFS still takes G.R. down into the single digits Thurs. AM, but with partly cloudy skies and a light east wind (not off the lake). The European has temperatures in the mid-upper teens (not that cold). The NAM has the most snow with 2″ for G.R. Monday night and Tues. AM and as much as 3-4″ for Kalamazoo. We continue to be out of the main storm track (snowing in the East/Northeast today). There’s generally 1-3″ of snow over most of our area, up to 5″ in Jackson Co., 8″ in Cadillac, 10″ at Kalkaska and 14″ at Gaylord. The ice is slowly forming for ice fishing and ski/tubing resorts are mostly open with good conditions.