Saturday AM Snow

January 25th, 2013 at 2:10 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local   3:50 AM   It’s still snowing south of a line from Hesperia to Fremont to Grand Rapids to Lansing.   The snow will eventually end later today as the air continues to dry and starts to warm a little.  Roads are snow covered and slippery this AM, so drive carefully!  Reminders:  Turn your headlights on when it’s snowing and the visibility is reduced.  Leave a good interval between you and the vehicle in front of you.  If you’ve had a lot of snow, shovel out any nearby fire hydrants.   Make sure outdoor pets have water and a way to stay warm.  Observe odd/even parking rules.  Don’t build snow forts, sled or get too close to the road or this could happen…or this.    Check on your neighbors to make sure they are doing OK…and it’s a good time to feed the birds.    14″ in 8 hours near Curtis this afternoon.  We’ve had reports of 11.4″ in Scottville (HQ of the Clown Band!), +8″ near Grand Haven, 8″ at Shelby and near Ludington and 6″ at Hesperia and 2.5″ in East G. Rapids.  They had 15″ of new snow in Newberry in the U.P. and 8.5″ in 12 hours at McMillan.   Just a chance of flurries mainly west of US 131 early Saturday  It should set us up for a good weekend for winter sports and festivities (Grand Haven Winterfest…cardboard races!).  Then the focus is on the mix for Sunday night, including the possibility of freezing rain…it could be icy for Sunday night into early Monday.  We get above freezing Monday PM, so if you have a choice, plan travel during the afternoon Monday.  We’ll see showers, drizzle and maybe some fog Monday into Tuesday.  Tuesday we reach the mid 40′s, then it’s back to winter with high temperatures colder than average from Thurs. – Sat. of next week.   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.

38 Responses to “Saturday AM Snow”

  1. Skot says:

    I hope those folks that paid Pre-Winter prices for snow plow services wished they would have read Bill’s Winter Forecast first. Oh Wait…….was there one???

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      I had a great winter forecast that I issued last September: “a gradual cooling trend for Sept. to February with periods of rain and then periods of snow.”

      1. phlrnnr says:

        That sounds like every winter :-)

        1. Jules says:

          More accurate than last year’s!!

  2. Kevin(Rockford) says:

    Nice snow hole over the west michigan area, pretty much proves the bubble does exist

    1. Yup (Grandville) says:

      No DOUBT!

    2. Cort S. says:

      Aye, the bubble does exist, but this one was the effect of dry air and a tilted radar beam. Neighboring radars showed snow high above GR and a donut hole at their locations. Maybe our region is covered in bubble wrap… Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop…

      1. Jack says:

        Yes, The Bubble does Exist, it has a Name as well, SWAT-Zoo is The Name !!!! Lol… ;-)

        1. Cort S. says:

          The YARDofDUCKS is a weather repellant!

  3. Dan says:

    It should be filling in and soon as the system moves east! It is a slow mover, I am wondering if that up some of the snow totals!!!

  4. Dan says:

    Interesting read from the NWS about the forecasted warm up. It is also interesting to note that the stations in this area have this forecast differing by a couple of days and degrees. Just so you know, my favorite station is WOOD TV 8, at times, I catch reports on WZZM and WXMI.
    Anyway, here is what the NWS was talking about.
    MODELS ARE NOT IN GOOD AGREEMENT WITH THE GFS CONSIDERABLY WARMER
    THAN THE OTHER MODELS…THUS FORECAST CONFIDENCE IS NOT HIGH EARLY
    ON IN THE PERIOD. A GENERAL TREND OF THE MODELS IS FOR LESS OF A
    WARM UP THAN FORECASTED EARLIER. BASED ON THAT TREND…WILL FEATURE
    LOWER TEMPERATURES ESPECIALLY TUESDAY.

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      The NWS “official” forecast for for Monday is the upper 30′s and the mid 40′s for Tuesday and still the mid 30′s for Wednesday still not much change from yesterday as of yet. As always we will have to see how it plays out.
      SlimJim

  5. Jeff(Northern Ionia County / Muir) says:

    Was snowing heavily when i left muir this morning, but nothing in portland yet. But looks like its going to fill in!!!

  6. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    So far only a trace of snow fall here today with light snow fall now and a temp of 15°
    SlimJim

  7. Todd In Nunica says:

    This area of snow looks to be following the same example of every other (non lake effect) event this year and going poof…guess we will just have to rely on lake snows, which other than the “no help to lake levels” really does not bother me.

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Seriously….NICE looking band over western Lake Michigan and it completely moves south as it heads towards Michigan. More evidence of the West Michigan bubble!

      1. Todd In Nunica says:

        lol yea no kidding, the band saw Muskegon in the distance and ran for the hills.

        1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          Haha

          Bill, please, could you please give a meteorological explanation as to why this seems to be the new norm in West Michigan?

        2. Bill Steffen says:

          This was a classic lake-enhanced snowfall for the lakeshore counties with convergence set up with a south-southwest wind. In past years, we either haven’t had these systems, or (more often) it’s been too warm for lake-effect snow. Friday, the return flow S-SW wind was cold enough to produce lake-effect enhancement on a grand scale!

  8. Jack says:

    It’s.”……………………. FRIDAY… Be Safe, Have Fun”……… GOD BLESS!!!!!! ;-)

  9. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

    Sunshine here… Lol

    1. Todd In Nunica says:

      Ya beat me too it! Lmao I see a band trying to set up but looks to be just clipping the shore north of Muskegon.

      1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

        Looks like we need to rely on the lake again…..

        1. rob (Norton shores) says:

          Yup.

  10. Tom L says:

    No katter what the weather….be like our good friend “Indy” and enjoy whatever mother nature and The Good Lord decides to bring to us!!!! :)
    It is a blessing to be alive and to breath God’s given life air!!!
    :)
    Tom L

    1. Jack says:

      AMEN 2 That…. TOM L. :-)

  11. Tom L says:

    OOps! I meant “matter” not “katter”! LOL!

  12. Jim S says:

    06z Nam showed sun Mon system all frozen. 12z shows some changeover south of 96…but has a decent ice storm south of 96, snow north. Nam=never accurate model…….we’ll see.

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      I saw that…6Z NAM looked great for snow here. Is this area still mostly snow for that system?

      1. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

        It now has the heaviest in northern mi. Still has some good snow, followed by ice for you.

  13. Jack says:

    Beautiful SUNSHINE Here N.E. G.R. Light Dusting of Snow Earlier this A.M. , I bet we don’t Get the Amount of Snow Predicted. :-)

  14. Todd In Nunica says:

    Radar filling in now on the lakeshore, wonder how far inland it will get.

    (not that it matters all my accounts are within 10 miles of the lake so they are all getting snow now.)

  15. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    Yes, yes I am the bubble I’m so bubbly I have to spread my joy! Hey I tried to get rid of the bubble over the summer while in Canada, it did somewhat but then I returned and the bubble now has a special ANTI-BURST coating on it ;-) LOL!!

  16. Todd In Nunica says:

    No problem with flake size today! WOW

  17. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    A very light snow starting to fall here but so far just a trace on snow so far today and now looks to be less then an inch for GR
    Slimjim

  18. Ryan (Rockford) says:

    Not that it affects me, but does anyone not think that Ottawa should’ve been included in the Advisory? Most of Newaygo (with the exception of the SW portion of the county) is getting light snow showers, while at least half of Ottawa is getting pounded with heavy snow once again, adding to the foot or more from a few days ago. Makes no sense, but then again, it’s the NWS!

    1. phlrnnr says:

      They added Ottawa to the advisory.

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