Coldest week in 4 years!January 19th, 2013 at 2:52 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
This could very well be the coldest week Grand Rapids has had since Jan. 14-20, 2009. The models have tended colder for the 2nd half of the week, with precipitation coming as snow Thurs. PM – Friday. The European model gives G.R. 0.47″ precipitation for the week – that would probably be 8-9″ of snowfall for the week with a solid 4-7″ on the ground by the end of the week (it settles some). The GFS has 0.57″ thru next Saturday, so that would be even more. The 850mb temperatures are even colder, with the European going down to -26.8C Tues. AM (-16F) and the GFS at a rounded -25C. With Lake Michigan still around 39F, that’s quite a contrast. The European is coldest for G.R. Tues. AM taking the low to zero, while the GFS is coldest Thurs. AM when the wind goes NE and doesn’t come off the lake. Today would be a good day to get ready for the cold and snow…maybe gas up the car, get errands/shopping done, fill the bird feeders (thanks to Jack Martin for another great picture from ReportIt here) and make sure any pets/animals that are used to being outdoors are warm with access to some unfrozen water. Think about any neighbors you can help, have the kids stay away from the roads when they play and if the snow is heavier in your area, make sure the fire hydrants are cleared. Drive slower when visibilities are reduced, leave a good interval between you and the vehicle in front of you and allow extra time to get to your destination. Remember our DAYBREAK show is live from 6-8 AM every weekend morning with a fresh forecast. I’m working the evening shift this Saturday, so I’ll be updating the blog. See the thread below for many useful links. Here’s an 84-hour snow forecast off the NAM model and a 120-hour forecast off the GFS model. They got over 11″ of snow Friday at Shingleton in Alger Co. in the U.P. S. Ste. Marie has had 69″ of snow this winter (average for them is 69.1″ – so they are right at average and should go above average this week. ALSO: Time Magazine names Art Prize in G.R. the 4th best festival in the U.S. !! And…snow and cold in the U.K.