Saturday PM

January 19th, 2013 at 1:47 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local Saturday: Breezy and mild into this evening.  The sprinkles out there now are mainly aloft.  We’re in the low-mid 40s.   I’m looking thru the new data. The models are colder for late next week and has all snow here next Thurs. night/Friday. If you plan on being out late Saturday 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 some light snow. Again the models don’t print out much. The NAM has steady winds of 26 mph for G.R. for a few hours and a steady 30 mph for Muskegon. The GFS has winds up to a steady 35 mph at Lake Michigan. Roads could get slick and the combination of wind, snow, falling temperatures freezing up the roads quickly and poor visibility could make for some challenging travel. This would occur around 11 PM – 3 AM, so it may not be that bad early this evening. The GFS has steady light snow from Sunday pretty much thru Tues. night. ALSO: Saturday AM snowcover: trace  Lansing, Big Rapids 1″ Scottville, 2″ Cadillac, Gaylord, 6″ Pellston, 10″ Munising, 12″ S. Ste Marie and Marquette, 13″ Newberry, 18″ Grand Marais.

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.  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. 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.


39 Responses to “Saturday PM”

  1. Dan S. says:

    So How much snow for GRAND RAPIDS!!???

    1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      I know, how much?

      1. Kevin(Rockford) says:

        Its pretty hard to predict lake effect snowfall, its all determined by wind direction and wind speed, plus the many other components that have to come together for it to happen in the first place…Im looking for 3-5 inches at my house by tues. I did not stay at a holiday inn lately either.

  2. Stacsh says:

    Still more interested in the thursday/friday storm

  3. SW Kent says:

    Snowfall predictions thru Wed
    Holland 6 inches
    Byron Center 4 inches
    Rockford 2 inches
    South Haven 8 inches
    Grand Rapids 3 inches

    Much of this snow will not accumulate due to the ground being so warm and the winds blowing the snow around.
    Next weekend’s storm has potential for a widespread 3-6 inch amounts

    1. Tom S says:

      For the record where I live in caledonia there’s still about 2 inches of frost so not real likely tht the ground is to warm and will melt much if at all ;) I agree wind will blow it around

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

      We still had snow on the ground here this morning in the woods and shaded spots.

    3. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Scooped dog poop in my yard this afternoon. Ground still frozen solid.

      1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

        lol…anybody up for some frozen brownie bites?

  4. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

    It looks like very little snow with the front tonight. South of 96 should only see flurries.

  5. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Up to 45 here now. Our pond out back is melted slush. Been 2 years since we could safely walk or skate on it. Crazy.

  6. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

    Pm discussion is out. Watch still in place, they are not sure if it will be a warning or an advisory event…..but do mention some areas may get double digit snow totals over the sun night – tues period.

  7. 11 Bravo (Yankee Springs/Barry State Game Area) says:

    Agree with you Tom in Caledonia. The snow is now completely gone in the woods here as of this afternoon, and in chipping at the ground, its pretty well frozen a couple inches down. Tomorrow looks like a good day to work and stay inside……Unfortunately, have to work Monday and Tuesday. NOT looking forward to that…..

  8. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Just to let you know, this snow will be affecting several events. Two of the most important are Martin Luther King Day and next week is exam week! Very important forecast for sure. I was checking some models, and they really have been consistent. Also, NWS discussion is out and talks about snowfall over 12 inches in some areas!

    1. fixxxer says:

      Gr isnt going to get very much. I wouldnt get your hopes up.

    2. SW Kent says:

      Nathan, for you to get a lot of snow you need a WSW wind, this even looks to be a NW-WNW event.
      You should get a couple inches in Forest Hills.

  9. Bald Eagle (montage) says:

    Nathan, I will believe it when I see it! Have had a bubble over my area all Winter! Not holding my breath!

  10. fixxxer says:

    Not concerned since most of this will melt anyways. Its the wind i do not want. Im due to loose pwer again.

    1. Stacsh says:

      Who are you going to loose your power on?

      1. fixxxer says:

        Loose power at our home.

    2. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Melt when? March?

      1. fixxxer says:

        Ill laugh when gr only gets a dusting tonight.

        1. Cort S. says:

          You could laugh if you want, but that is what’s supposed to happen. The best chance for accumulating snow is Monday.

          If Monday is a bust, you can really laugh. You’re having the best winter ever! Wouldn’t it be crazy if the grass tips never get covered once this winter?? I never thought it would be possible.

        2. big Daddy BC says:

          Best chance now, but that’s not what was predicted two days ago.

  11. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    Just hooked up long outdoor extension cords that are for -54F out to my duck pens to keep them warm enough to be lockced up all day when temps reach single-teens next week. My dh Uncle just picked up my snowblower to bring it to his garage to see what he can find and do for me to get it started, he to couldn’t get it going, took it a part, sprayed starter fluid, NOTHING and it’s a brand new blower 3yr old barely used less than 10X in 3yrs, so spark plugs that maybe a mouse got to, or something. So we shall see.

    1. ali says:

      Swatz, ours did they same thing..found out that plastic key/kill switch is temperamental,

  12. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Not expecting heavy snow in GR, but 1-2″ per 24 hours from Sunday to Wednesday would total 4-8″. Give us a nice base for the potential late week storm.

    1. Tom (Wyoming) says:

      4″-8″ sounds like a good estimate.

  13. Uncle sparkee says:

    Ol aunty Edna’s kin cuz willda called and said her and buck were headin down from carp lake to take up some fun on the ice with the family. Should be Rollin in bout midnight. Tip ups and weasels in the party box will be a waitin for em when they get here. Planning a coon hunt for tomorrow night. Tokes my blood hound been itchin to run a few coons. Buck said he’s got a half a hog to fill the freezer, my New Years present I reckon. Hoping you big city hobos r right about the snow comin, good for tracking and rackin!

  14. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    The winter weather set up for the end of next week and beyond is looking GREAT for COLD and SNOW! WINTER has arrived. Sit back and enjoy the ride!!

    1. fixxxer says:

      Lol for looking that far ahead. Funny as you always claim the long ranges are junk. Go take your prozac.

  15. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

    I can’t believe some of you still had a snowpack! Muskegon truly has been the no-snow place to be. Hopefully that changes this weekend.

    Went for a peaceful walk at Hoffmaster Park this evening. Sat there on the beach watching and listening to the waves crash, felt the mild breeze brushing my face, watched the seagulls do their fishing, watched a gentleman jog with his dog, and saw a beautiful sunset of reds, yellows, blues, and grays.

  16. Harry (Battle Creek) says:

    Wonder if any of the meteorologists from the NWS ever look at Bills Blog? lol I bet they would laugh, cup-o-coffee in hand reading some of this stuff!

    1. big Daddy BC says:

      I know that’s right.

    2. Bill Steffen says:

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  17. lMike (Shepherd, Mi) says:

    Just had a burst of thundersnow here accumulated a half inch in about 20 min

  18. sean says:

    yea it is cold my grandma had like 8 inches of snow in howard city and it is very windy

  19. sean says:

    my aunt has alot of snow and is very windy they lost power in gowen mi it was very cold up there

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