WeekendJanuary 5th, 2013 at 2:46 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
The picture here is tubing at Pando (just NE of G.R.). We’ll start Saturday with some sun, then clouds move up from the southwest with a good chance of light snow or a mix in the evening and overnight. If all snow, maybe an inch average across the area. Temperatures should be in the low 30s much of Saturday night, warm enough that expressways and heavily-traveled roads may just be wet, but watch for an icy spot on a sidewalk, parking lot, side street or lesser-traveled rural road. I’ll put up a radar thread late Saturday. The GRR NWS discussion is a good one. 12Z Saturday models say anywhere from a dusting to 1.5″ of snow, some of which will melt as it falls with the temperature close to 32 degrees. They say a little rain could mix in. It also has rain next Thurs. and Friday. The GFS Caribou is lost in the ozone and has no precip. next week. The European is consistent with rain Thurs./Friday, so go with that and maybe an inch of rain, a good soaking…then colder the following week. Looks like low-mid 40s at least Thurs. and Fri. next week.
I won’t do a separate sports thread but we have the big game Monday Night between Notre Dame and Alabama. Brian Kelly has rocked the house wherever he’s gone and win or lose, this has been an incredible year for Notre Dame. Other College games: 1 PM Sat. Pittsburgh and Ole Miss and 9 pm Sun. we have Kent State and Arkansas State. The NCAA games are all on ESPN. The Saturday NFL games are on NBC (WOOD-TV). AT 4:30 PM we have Cincinnati at Houston and at 8 PM, it’s the Viking and Packers in Green Bay. Sunday, the 1 PM game is Indy (as Luck would have it) and Baltimore on CBS and the 4:30 game is Seattle and Russell Wilson against Washington. I should also mention that the Pistons (believe it or not) and the Griffins are both hot right now.
Gas Price update: Wholesale gas prices actually have gone down a dime this week so far. So, unless wholesale prices decide to play catch-up, I’m expecting gas prices to continue to slide at least until Monday. — Ed Aboufadel
Snow cover: 1″ Grand Rapids, Hastings, Grand Haven, Rockford, Ionia…2″ Muskegon, Lansing…3″ Hart…4″ Scottville…5″ Houghton Lake…7″ Lake City…8″ Cadillac…11″ Newberry, 12″ Grand Marais, 13″ S. Ste. Marie, Marquette, 15″ Gaylord. Not much snow in the U.S. next week – except for mountains in the NW.
Also: Does Water Really Spin the Opposite Way Going Down a Drain in the Southern Hemisphere? The Pencil Movie (from a 1958 essay), Houses shaped like animals, Funnel Cloud over Miami Thursday, Pictures of Snow around El Paso, and the E. Coast Blizzard of ’96.