Sunday Night Snow

January 20th, 2013 at 3:56 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local   Snow intensities will pick up after midnight tonight.  It will be snowing and quite cold in most areas for the Monday AM commute.  For current Michigan weather observations and wind speeds, click here.  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  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),  Lake Michigan water temperatures. Here’s storm total precipitation 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. Here’s current U.S. temperatures.       CARIBOU FORECAST TOTALS off the (NAM, GFS) in inches:  Grand Rapids (3.6, 3.1), Lansing (0.7, 1.7), Muskegon (6.4, 9.1 by Sat.), Kalamazoo (5.7, 4.0 – airport, west side of town gets more), Jackson (1.8, 2.0 by Weds. PM), Ludington (6.9), S. Haven (9.9) and the winner is Holland at 11.3″.   The European doesn’t give us a temperature warmer than 22F the rest of this week and the GFS is similar.   Enjoy!


230 Responses to “Sunday Night Snow”

  1. Scott (west olive) says:

    Whoo hoooooo

    1. Jack says:

      OH YEAH… SNOWY SUNDAY….Enjoy !!!!

  2. Jo Anne Reid says:

    Bill–We are without power here in Vermontville since about 12 midnight. I keep getting the same response from Consumer’s answering “We have no estimation on when the power will be restored”….running on battery backup and need to know when to expect power to be restored in this area, as it is getting pretty cold out…thank you for looking into this, and God bless you!

    1. John (Holland) says:

      There’s a lot of power outages. I was listening to the Kent County police scanners last night and there were constant reports of trees down, power lines arcing, damage, etc. for the whole 1-2 hours I was listening. Consumers has a huge job ahead of them unfortunately. As cold as it’s going to get, it could even get dangerous for workers to be outside.

      Stay warm as best you can, and go to a public place with power and heat (coffee shop, restaurant, etc) if you need to. Hopefully they’ll make quick work of restoring power.

    2. You couldn’t have lost power, the consumers energy outage map says no consumer customers have lost power, lol but then again it hasn’t showed any since it went online November 1st, now on the other hand DTE has a great map that is updated like clockwork. I emailed consumers this morning about it.

    3. 82gmcjimmy says:

      Uh, why would a Meteorologist be able to take care of your power situation?

  3. Travis Ulberg says:

    Snowing hard in Kalamazoo right now. Very low visibilities, and the roads are already covered.

  4. Jed Welder says:

    Jo Anne my crew marks the underground lines for Miss Digg, we just got a dispatch of broken consumers poles in your area, the winds are starting to pull down poles across Barry. Good luck!

  5. Greg says:

    South of Ionia at Portland Rd we have nothing. No snow on the ground, has not snowed at all since last night. Just some gusts at times, nothing powerful by any means (The wind gusts don’t even knock down the trash cans outside. I was hoping for something significant, but alas nothing. Perhaps another time.

  6. Mike M. says:

    Snowpocalypse Russia!

      1. Charlie L. says:

        WOW!! That is terrible!! Markets are empty of food, hardly any fuel for heat or your car! Misery and depression! And was BEFORE the snow hit! Hey, its Russia.

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

    Just got home from Kalamazoo, and whenever we would hit a heavy lake effect snow band the visibility would go down under a 1/4 mile and the road instantly became snowcovered and icy. The wind is really gusting. I have a temp of 14.3° right now. There are a ton of branches down, and we have a young healthy 60ft Maple tree that has snapped off in our back yard! We have around an inch of snow on the ground, and it’s coming down sideways!

  8. Todd A (from Holland, in GR) says:

    A few whiteout conditions on the way from Holland to GR on EB I-196 (at 415 AM), however not much snow yet.

    1. Steph K says:

      Glad you made it into work! White out conditions on 131 from Plainwell to GR @0445 this morning.

  9. INDY says:

    Happy Winter Helooo Snow haters This is Your day!!! INDYY…..

  10. Dan says:

    Winter comes in with a vengeance! WELCOME WINTER! Now, to see if those Lake Effect Snow machines really get going over the next couple of days!
    The temps certainly say its WINTER!

  11. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    I’ll take 3-6 inches any day! (Of course, this forecast is very tricky… So it may be one of those wait and see events, which makes it more exciting)

    1. Kris says:

      Does that possibly mean a snow day tomorrow, Nathan? Kids are reviewing and or/starting exams tomorrow…just trying to gauge how to advise my children on studying over the next 48 hours.

      1. Nicole says:

        I would have your children study like they are going to take the test tomorrow. If it is a snow day, then they can enjoy it and if it is not a snow day, they are prepared.

  12. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Hey Bill, do you agree with the models or are they under/over estimating the snow totals?

  13. John (Holland) says:

    I doubt it’ll happen, but Accuweather currently predicts 23.1 inches total through Wednesday. I’ll definitely take it, but that’s optimism. I’m just happy to see the grass totally covered for once!

    1. Irish coffee says:

      23″+ SOMEWHERE is not impossible…if winds line up stay steady w/ intense enough rates/under a band– remember lo-res models have difficulty predicting meso-scale features/LES…often UNDER-forecasting precip totals, fwiw…almost OPPOSITE of synoptic events which are sometimes cut in half(precip)…also, lake/air differential is EXTREME, so i’m expecting lake response /aggregate trofs to appear in time…enjoy!!

    2. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Yes, I drove down to Benton Harbor last January, and with a persistent heavy band they received almost 2 feet in 24 hours. This was just south of town.

  14. Charlie L. says:

    Well, Bill, you and few other weather pros called this, about 2 weeks ago. Back then, Elliot Abrams said, while doing Chicago weather for WBBM, that a huge arctic dome, centered over the North Pole, had split in two.

    He said then (and you blogged it that same day) that when that happens, in about two weeks (which is now, the 20th), there will be a major weather/snow/cold pattern that’ll settle in for quite a while. I’ve watching it ever since.

    Good call.

  15. Dan says:

    So very true, Irish! The models can forecast lake effect snow to be winding down and the opposite happens. They re energize and that area gets another 10-12 inches of snow or more!

  16. Dan says:

    Yes, I would have to put my “two cents” in here as well! I have always had the opinion that Storm Team does the BEST job! Bill has been doing this for so long that I don’t think there is much that he sees in the weather that surprises him!
    Keep up the great work, Bill and Storm Team 8!!!

  17. 11 Bravo (Yankee Springs/Barry State Game Area) says:

    Looks like Thursday / Friday could be interesting….

    1. Dan says:

      Yes and a reinforcing shot of Arctic Air is predicted to follow that event on Thursday/Friday!

  18. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Well, well – look an Advisory for Kent county! Here is my comment from this past Thursday that was met with much ridicule and disbelief from many on this blog! It looks like you guys are 100% WRONG!

    “Kent county will be in a WWA for Sunday night Monday and the preliminary RDB snow forecast is for 3 to 5 inches in GR! There will be school closing and delays on Monday”!

    The RDB model still shows 3 to 5 inches for GR and over 6 inches of snow by Thursday!! I LOVE THE TEMPERATURES THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW. BRING ON THE SNOW AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS!!

    1. Nathan says:

      Uh, but can you explain this?

      I see the arctic air HYPE is still running rampant. All I can say is I will believe it when I see it! If by some slim chance we do actually see some arctic air let’s hope we can actually can muster a SNOWSTORM out of it or at least some lake enhanced or decent lake effect that gives us more than a measly dusting of SNOW! This is getting beyond the point of pathetic. Currently this is still the year of NO SNOWSTORMS and this winter is about 50% over. Ridiculous winter so far!!
      - Rocky
      (Thats what you said about a week ago!)

      1. Not to mention the 436 winter is over comments lol

      2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Just the facts!

    2. Brian(Grandville) says:

      The RDB continues to rock on.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        That was just reverse psychology to fool the weather GODS and it looks like it might be working! ROCK ON baby!

      2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        ROCK n ROLL will never die!!!

  19. tinainvbcounty says:

    Still surprised no wind WARNING was put in effect last night’s wind.I know, I know….the models didn’t show it. But jeez, after all the scanners and reports of damage and power outages started pouring in, you would think someone would think to step from the computers and check other sources, like walk outside. We had things move and fall over that have withstood a few storms until last night. Thankful we still have power. A very light snow is falling now

  20. Jen in Middleville says:

    So excited to see how much snow will be on the ground in the morning. Whats this talk of thurs/fri?

  21. Dan says:

    Synoptic event for Thursday/Friday. As in all synoptic events, depends where the track of this low goes! We could get something decent from it!

  22. DerekS says:

    Not much snow here in Northeast Montcalm County.

  23. Nathan says:

    Bill has this link up already, but I wanted to bring it to your attention! Looks like all areas near, along, and west of US 13 should see at least three inches of snow from now until Wednesday… With many areas seeing more… Perhaps a foot SW of GR!

    1. Nathan says:

      And look how Lansing is under 4 inches, don’t know if thats right… But if it is, then the NWS will need to issue an advisory or statement.

    2. TAZ (freeport) says:


    3. fixxxer says:

      i really doubt gr will see that much.

      1. Skot says:

        Thank you. I am sure we will sleep better knowing you think that.

  24. Storm waning says:

    SOuthwest of Grand Rapids metro area….

    Currently cold, clear, sun, and dusting of snow

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      LOL!! I just picked Hubby up at the airport, where it was lovely and sunny – but by Patterson and the Middleville Rd area, re-entered the Persistent Snow Band that was dumping HUGE flakes that have given us (finally!) a few inches of snow!

  25. Bnoppe(Albion) says:

    Like I said advisory issued

  26. Lisa (Caledonia) says:

    Our home weather station measured gusts to 54 mph last night. The station is in an open area, about 7′ off the ground.

    The wind ripped some fascia off the west-facing side of our house.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Yeah – I’ll be climbing up to yank down the piece of trim that’s flipped backward and banging on the roof right over our bedroom :-(

  27. Snow pretty good here right now

  28. Tom L says:

    I live in the Comstock Park area. Early this morning, just a wee bit after midnight, we lost power. The power, happily, was restored about five o’clock this morning. Just a word to the wise; be prepared for any “emergencies” this winter weather could bring! We all know the drill, right?
    1. Extra batteries for our flaslights and radios.
    2. Keep those cellphones charged.
    3. Keep a blanket, a shovel and some sand or kitty liter in your car just in case you find yourself stuck on the road! Also, carry some flashlights and extra batteries along in the car as well.
    4. If the heat goes out DO NOT USE A STOVE OR A BARBECUE for warmth!!
    5. Always use a generator that is hooked up OUTSIDE…never indoors!
    Sorry to preach folks. I just want to be sure all of the fine folks on this blog, their families and friends are safe and sound no matter what mother nature brings to our front doors!!

  29. Dan says:

    Snowing sideways and sunny out! Kind of a neat to look at from inside.
    I was already out this am. I helped a neighbor jump his car. He did get going! I can tell you it is very cold. Step outside and say welcome to Winter!

  30. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    The winds last night blue off my big bird feeder roof that is mounted to my deck I haven’t gone out back in the woods to see if trees are down but I’m very surprised we have power up here. Sun is out gentle snow falling I think I’ll be reading up on my generator today and see what I can do with it and remember the steps to take when turning it on/off.

  31. Katie in Kentwood says:

    Watching the Grand Haven Beach Cam…I’d hate to be out there right now! Brrr

  32. Johnnie(Vicksburg) says:

    A dusting here. The wind was crazy last night! Here is to some weather actually coming our way this winter :::hoping::: My kids (and im sure all of your’s too) want to go sledding, and build snowmen!!

    1. Me :-) says:

      Same here in Ionia. If I would take all the snow around our house I still couldn’t make a decent snowman. Not that I mind. I don’t care for snow that much. It makes life unpleasant.

    2. tinainvbcounty says:

      Looking forward to some snow fun too
      A local business wants to have a community snow man contest, but lack of snow has not allowed. Alas, this cold will probably keep the snow very dry, not the good snowman making kind! :)

      1. Steelie says:

        Good Day,

        You may have to import snow from Mississippi! (See previous blog by Bill). ;-)


        1. tinainvbcounty says:


  33. Nathan says:

    The clouds of the lake effect snow are directly next too me! So close!

  34. Slimjim says:

    Partly cloudy and still windy here just north of Bay City. There is around a inch of snow on the ground with some 3 to 4 inch drifts. There was some snow in shady spots before last night. today should be a cild day but not much snow in the GR area and I don’t think there will be more then light snow showers here in the Bay Area. I was surprised that there was open water on Saginaw Bay yesterday but that will freeze up real fast now.
    Well have to take my mother in law out to do some shopping then a late lunch or early dinner.

    1. Slimjim says:

      Whoops dang iPad that should be cold day NOT child day.

  35. arcturus says:

    As anticipated it looks like my leaf blower will handle the driveway.

  36. tinainvbcounty says:

    Light snow with occasional heavier squalls…not sure how much, but ground covered in all spots now.

  37. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

    Anyone have any clues on this. Half my house is working fine, the other half….power keeps going on and off…mostly off. Furnace has not been able to run. Tried the fuse box….no luck.

    1. Tonka says:

      Short somewhere. Replace breakers.

    2. tinainvbcounty says:

      Sounds like maybe one of the lines running to your house is broken (of the positive/negative ground)that would be the power company problem. But hard telling for sure without testing….and I’m surely no electrician, just had this happen once. We called the power company and lucked out that it was outside our house. Be safe and call is my advice!

    3. Robert (Plainwell) says:

      When we lost power in the 80′s we had a weird problem. when the power came back on only half the house had power. There was a second line going into the house that got fried. It took about two weeks to figure it out.

    4. fixxxer says:

      it’s probably a bad breaker. if you don’t know how to replace them call an oncall electrician.

    5. Brad (Lawrence) says:

      This is not generally a breaker problem. It sounds like you lost one phase of your house, this is typically a electric company problem. The two 110 v lines coming in give you 220, and also each powers a different portion of the house. Each powers a different 110v portion. . . . One side of the main circuit breaker box will be dead, the other alive. Hope this helps.

  38. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    92,000 without power in SE Mich.

    Bright sunshine here and 20 degrees. Looks like 2 or 3 days around 20 or slightly below before warming back up.

    Enjoy the lake effect for those who get it. On the GVSU webcams, it looks like Allendale has just a dusting and GR has nothing.

    1. fixxxer says:

      yup looks like we will warm back up as well after this week. “all subject to change of course!”

      just like last winter. we get some snow then it melts in a week or two. no pattern change folks so stop buying into the hype.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        No warm air of rain in sight. Enjoy all of the COLD and SNOW that is on the way!!

  39. Steelie says:

    Good Day,

    In SE Kentwood… a light dusting so far on grassy areas. Nothing of note on the driveway at all, wind took care of that. Currently recieving very light flurries blowing about more than accumulating. But… a few small icy spots on the road where the wind could not quite scoop out the snow and cars compacted it.

    Keeping an eye on the moisture to our West. Not that impressive and seems to have disipated (drying up) over the past few hours. It looks like a long skinny line, so… we will see if that moisture holds.


    1. fixxxer says:

      i agree it looks as it’s drying up now.

  40. fixxxer says:

    just a dusting here as i said last night. thank god i still have power.

  41. MaryJane says:

    Gobles…snowing heavily. Big flakes. Slight wind. Looking at 1″+ now.

  42. Nick (Grand Haven / West Olive) says:

    Dusting last night and snowing pretty good now! Everything is white and 144th is very slick!

  43. 11 Bravo (Yankee Springs/Barry State Game Area) says:

    Just a dusting in the woods here…..power went off for a very short time sometime during the night…..woodstove loaded and blazing.

  44. jtwolters (Holland Southside) says:

    Just came home from church. Slick and snow covered roads on the southside of Holland, where it has been lightly snowing all morning. As of 11:30, the snow seems to have tapered off. I would say there is a half inch to inch of snow cover on the grass. Grass blades are just barely poking through in some spots.

  45. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

    Quite a discrepancy between the 12z nam and gfs. Nam shows me in the 8-12″ range, while gfs shuts the lake machine off quicker and shows about 4-6″.

    Also of note, gfs spins up a strong rain storm for us at the end of the month, then has us getting cold again behind the storm.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      There will be no rain. By the time this event gets here it will be cold enough for a good SNOWSTORM. Bring it on!

  46. Tom in Alger Heights says:

    The wife and I just drove past the old Butternut bakery on Kalamazoo and Edna. It appears that the wind lifted the roof on the west side of the building. Must have been a huge gust during the night.

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

    Wow! We have never had tree damage like this before, not even during thunderstorms. Here’s 2 pics of trees that were snapped off when the front went through. Also, it was so wind that it blew our flag off of the flag pole!

  48. fixxxer says:

    58 days till spring folks! ;)

      1. fixxxer says:

        some of hate winter…remember?

    1. Jennifer K (NE GR) says:

      Can’t wait!

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Enjoy the tepms on the teens and the multiple SNOWSTORMS that are the way!!!!!

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

    Typical lake effect, we go from flurries to white out conditions in a matter of a minute or 2. We don’t have that much, about 0.5-1″, but I’d say another inch or 2 of that blew away last night! We certainly did have a HARD freeze last night. So if/when we get enough snow, the snowmobiling should be really good.

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