Cold Thursday NightJanuary 17th, 2013 at 4:44 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Thurs Night: Check out the snow at noon in Tuscaloosa, AL. 4″ of new snow in Cullman, Alabama with 6″ at Ackerman, Mississippi. Heavy snow in E. TN and W. NC right now. Thundersnow in SE TN, NW GA and now in VA. This time a snowstorm is moving from central Mississippi to northern Alabama, far N. Georgia, up thru the Smokies where 12-18″ could fall, thru Virginia and into Delaware and New Jersey. And the snow repellent is still working in Muskegon! Just scattered flurries this evening/overnight. Temperatures teens inland to low 20s at the lake overnight. Windy tomorrow with snow likely north of I-96 and a chance of flurries south of I-96. There could be a couple of inches north of Newaygo Co. and an inch down as far as the Kent Co. border. Slick roads are possible during the midday-afternoon north of a line from Holland to St. Johns. If you plan on being out late Saturday evening/night, stay up with the latest forecasts. I want to highlight the possibility of strong winds Saturday night especially. We could easily see gusts to 40 mph inland and 50 mph at Lake Michigan as the Arctic front comes thru, along with a couple hours of moderate snowfall. Roads could get slick and the combination of wind, snow, falling temperatures freezing up the roads quickly and poor visibility could make for some tough travel. One model takes the wind at Muskegon up to 40 mph, with the temperature dropping 11 degrees in an hour! That’s probably overdone, but it could make for a quick freeze-up and some icy roads. This would occur around 11 PM – 1 AM, so it may not be that bad early Saturday evening. The models continue to show very cold air, with daytime temperatures struggling to the mid teens Monday/Tuesday. I still think most models are too low on snowfall from lake-effect. The potential is there for +12″ snowfalls over 3 days in the best lake-effect bands with 18-24″ drifts. All areas will see some snow and the ground is going to be white over all of Lower Michigan. ALSO: Thursday AM snowcover: trace G.R., 1″ Lansing, Baldwin, Scottville, 3″ Cadillac, Gaylord, 8″ Newberry, 9″ Marquette, 14″ Grand Marais (6″ new overnight), 16″ Atlantic Mine. A Flood Watch continues for the Muskegon River due to an ice jam in Mecosta Co. There’s a Gale Watch for Lake Michigan.
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 1/11 AM: 1″ Big Rapids, 2″ Baldwin and Houghton Lake, 4″ Cadillac and Lake City, 6″ Gaylord, 7″ Newberry, 8″ S. Ste. Marie and Grand Marais, 12″ Marquette. 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. Here’s current U.S. temperatures.
A Flood Watch has been issued for the Muskegon River upstream of the Rogers Dam. An ice jam has caused river levels to rise and there is some water in yards on Riverside Drive (east side of the pond upstream from the dam).