Lake Effect Snow Warning Ends at 1 PM

February 1st, 2013 at 5:02 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  Noon Sat. -  The Lake Effect Snow Warning ends at 1 PM.  There is still some snow south of a line from Holland to Lansing.  As of 9 AM, Grand Rapids officially had 3.6″ since midnight and we’re up to 30.6″ for the season with 7″ on the ground.  SW Grandville had 15″ on the ground, with 9.4″ new.  Muskegon is up to 8″ on the ground, while Lansing east is around an inch.  East G.R. had 8.6″ of new snow and 10″ on the ground.  Walker added 8.5″ to jump to 13″ on the ground.  WOOD-TV downtown had 7″ new, Bangor added 9″ and Howard City reported 2.5′.  Bloomingdale checked in with 8″ new, Holland had 5-6″ on the ground.  Statewide snow cover:  25″ Munising, 24″ Marquette, Newberry and Charlevoix.  Alba had 22″ on the ground with 12″ at Gaylord, 8″ at Muskegon and 7″ at Fremont and Cadillac. From the GRR NWS morning discussion:  “…if you like snow, this should be your week”.  Good convergence in N. Allegan, Ottawa and Kent Counties now.   Still looks good for some significant snow overnight.  The new NAM gives G.R. 5.2″ of new snow from midnight to noon (that’s at the airport).  It also gives us an inch of snow on Sunday and 1.3″ of snow on Monday.  Kalamazoo gets 1.8″ tonight/Sat., 1.2″ Sunday and 1″ on Monday.  With a SW Wind, the lake-effect snow is coming right over  parts of Kent Co.  A “clipper system” is now moving into W. Michigan and that can only enhance the snow will have falling now.  So, the coverage of snow will increase after midnight.  It’s been dry south of a line from Benton Harbor to Lansing this evening and that area should see some light snow overnight and into the early morning, perhaps a couple inches.    We are in a snowy pattern, with clippers and lake-effect snow likely thru Tuesday.  We could easily see accumulating snow each of the next 4 days.   Nice warming from Lake Michigan today.  At 1 PM it was +6 in Milwaukee and +17 in G.R., zero at Green Bay and +13 at Ludington.  Northome MN was -39 his AM.  Click the image to enlarge.  The Lake-Effect Snow Warning continues thru Saturday AM for Mason, Oceana, Newaygo, Muskegon, Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Allegan, Barry and Van Buren Counties.  It’s a Lake-Effect Snow Advisory for Lake, Mecosta, Montcalm, Eaton and Kalamazoo Counties.  The Flood Warning continues for the Muskegon River just upstream from the Rogers Dam in Mecosta Co.  There are a number of Flood Advisories.  The Grand River will come up to bankfull on Saturday morning (the crest has passed Ionia).  Check the Grand Rapids NWS discussion.  We have already had a foot of snow this week  near Allegan, and over 10″ at Oshtemo and Bloomington.  Grand Rapids has added 1.8″ new snow today so far.  You can scroll down to the radar thread for the usual links.    The cold pattern continues with temperatures in the mid teens today, low-mid 20s over the weekend and we probably stay below freezing at least thru next Tues. or Weds.  I’ll add more on January weather when the official NWS summary comes out, but snowfall in January was 31.4″ in Muskegon (3.4″ above average!), 17″ in Grand Rapids and just 5.9″ in Lansing (you can see that most of our snow was lake-effect).  Twin Lakes in the U.P. had 72.9″ in January.  As of 5 PM Friday, Muskegon’s season snowfall is up to 41.5″.  Grand Rapids is up to 25.5″ for the season and Lansing has picked up a paltry 10.8″.    Snyder Lake in the U.P. reported 37″ of snow on the ground Thursday.  The NAM (Car.) would give G.R. another 6.1″ of snow thru Sunday – Holland would get 12.6″ during that time.  The GFS gives G.R. about 1/2″ precipitation between now and next Tues. evening and that would come to 8-10″ of snowfall.   This light, fluffy snow compacts easily and quickly, so you wouldn’t see 10″ of accumulation out of 10″ of snowfall, but it would be significant.  Here’s 84-Hour snowfall off the NAM model and 120-Hour Snowfall off the GFS model (note the snow from the clipper that runs from S. Wisconsin to N. Ohio).

228 Responses to “Lake Effect Snow Warning Ends at 1 PM”

  1. Paul in Alma says:

    Geez, we can still see the grass up here in Alma (Mid-Michigan) and have had maybe 8 inches of snow all season. BUMMER!!!!

    1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

      Yup, not much up in Cedar my boys are bumming because they have school today, I admit I am to actually.

      1. Annie says:

        Same in this household!

        1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

          It’s going to be a P.I.T.A picking them up today with the traffic even if there is sheriff there directing traffic, but I’m glad they’re there what a difference it makes!

      2. Annie says:

        I’m just thankful for the police being there–even if it is only for another few weeks. God Bless the Kent County Sheriff! Wish they were there in the mornings as well–since I have to turn left out of the school!

    2. Southend says:

      Well, Southwest Michigan is definitely getting it! Schools closed in southern Kent and Ottawa Counties. Good weather to cook soup, snooze and read!

  2. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    Green grass still at my house. I’m thinking this winter will end up with less snow than last winter for many.

  3. INDY says:

    SNOWING VERRY HARD OUT AT THEE YARDofBRICKS STAY TUNED!!!! INDYY…

    1. Stacsh says:

      No it’s not

  4. Nathan says:

    So 3-6 inches of snow today? Yes!

  5. INDY says:

    HOW ABOUT 4-8 INCHES FROM GRAND RAPIDS TO THE LAKESHORE WINDS ARE GOING BACK WEST AS OF NOW!!! A NOTHER HAEVY LK SNOW BAND ABOUT READY TO MOVE IN GRAND RAPIDS ..STAY TUNERD…INDYY..

  6. Dan says:

    I think we have a foot of snow where I work. It is still coming down!
    WOW! Roads are in horrible shape! If you have to drive, TAKE YOUR TIME! BE SAFE so that you can arrive at your destination!

  7. Lisa (Caledonia) says:

    Lots of closings out there this morning…

  8. INDY says:

    Out in Whyhomiee all day yesterday the snow aws falling hard all day never stoped they have more snow on the ground then Grand Rapids!!! INDYY..

  9. Yup (Grandville) says:

    It was the fail in snowfall last night that surprised me. No… Wait. I’m not surprised.

  10. Yup (Grandville) says:

    Oh, and I’m shocked grandville schools are closed. Is it for windchill?

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Must be for the long weekend as Grand Rapids are open while Grandville Kentwood, Godwin Heights, Kelloggsville ect are closed hum the snow must have stopped at the city limits right?
      SlimJim

      1. Kris says:

        Kentwood is open.

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

    Nothing here in Ionia again, we didnt get much yesterday either. Keeping my hopes up but not seeing much action anytime soon.

    1. Remember the chances for snow go up starting this evening, snow was expected to fade during the morning and early afternoon.

  12. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    DAY TIME HEATING WILL HELP TO SPREAD THE SNOW SHOWERS INLAND BUT THE INTENSITY SHOULD BE NOT MUCH MORE THAN FLURRIES EAST OF US-131.

    -NWS Update this morning

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      The update is for the daytime, tonight it is supposed to pick up for them.

      .SYNOPSIS…
      ISSUED AT 339 AM EST FRI FEB 1 2013

      AFTER MORNING SNOWS TODAY…THE SNOW SHOWERS ARE EXPECTED TO DIMINISH
      SOMEWHAT THIS AFTERNOON. HOWEVER THE SNOW IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE
      IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY ONCE AGAIN BY THIS EVENING. SEVERAL
      INCHES OF SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE AGAIN TONIGHT…ESPECIALLY WEST OF
      U.S. 131 AND NORTH OF HOLLAND. THE SNOW INTENSITY WILL BE HEAVY
      ENOUGH TO OCCASIONALLY PRODUCE NEAR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS.
      MEANWHILE INLAND AREAS SHOULD ALSO SEE SNOWFALL TONIGHT…WITH
      SOMEWHAT LESS ACCUMULATION.

      THE SNOW INTENSITY AND COVERAGE IS EXPECTED TO DIMINISH BY
      SATURDAY AFTERNOON. THEN ANOTHER WEAKER SYSTEM MOVES IN FOR SUNDAY
      MORNING…LIKELY PRODUCING MORE ACCUMULATING SNOW.

      1. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

        I thought that was funny. So “several” inches tonight west of 131, but the NWS says less for all the rest. What’s less than several inches. An inch? two? dusting?

        1. DF (SE Mich) says:

          I think it is tough with the lake effect bands. You can see the random reports on here from people. I agree that they could issue a range. Dusting to 6″ for example =)

  13. Dan says:

    Little bit of a lull in the action about an hour ago. Now, the snow showers have ramped right up again! It snows so hard that I cannot even see the trees that are about 100 feet away! I heard, it could go on this until Tuesday! WOW, we are definitely getting Winter now!!! What do you like, snow, cold, ice, wind chill, white outs, etc?!

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Dan your report is nice but without knowing were you are its useless.
      SlimJim

      1. Dan says:

        Sorry Slim, Ottawa County.

  14. ginny-howard city says:

    I sure wish the GFS would be right (8 inches) Here in Howard city we have not much of anything. There has been large amounts north and south but we got missed this year:(

  15. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Got another 1.5″ of new snow over night here in Walker but with the settle-ting still only have 5″ on the ground. I cleaned a spot for the dog to go potty and under the snow here the ground is still warm as its soft and almost muddy. At least with the snow cleared it should now harden up!
    I have a temp of 15° here with light snow falling. On my drive to work I would expect the snow to just be flurries when I get east of 131 LOL
    SlimJim

  16. Paul (Yankee Springs/Barry State Game Area) says:

    Just 2.5″ total here in the eastern end of Yankee Springs

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      I’m on the SW corner of the lake and we got the most snow last night, that I’ve seen all winter – even with the wind blowing a lot off, there’s probably 7-8″ on the ground, with ample deep drifts. There was about 6″ of fresh snow in my driveway this morning.

      To anyone contemplating coming to Gun Lake to enjoy the snowmobile trails – stay off the lake(s)!! It is barely frozen; but there’s snow on top of that thin ice, so will look inviting

  17. Jim S (Saugatuck Twp) says:

    We have had our strongest snow band of the last couple days over us for the last hour. Very low visibility.

  18. jodypody says:

    Does anyone know the total for Allendale as of this morning 2/1?

  19. KevinS (Saugatuck) says:

    Sweet spot, again, looks to be m40 corridor, just south of Hamilton to around 118th street and east a bit just north of Allegan..
    Just from driving through, looks to be decent spots of 6 to 10 inch snowfall..

  20. Red in Allegan Co. says:

    I shoveled a good, solid 6+” off my deck about 6pm yesterday and now this morning, there is approx. another 4-5″ already.
    Between Allegan and Martin.

  21. Jeff (Richland) says:

    Must have snowed hard overnight. About 8″ on the ground at my house just west of Richland. Funny thing is, not really any school closures in Kalamazoo County, yet yesterday they all closed and it hardly snowed at all. Doesn’t make any sense.

    1. Red in Allegan Co. says:

      I noticed that too. I was surprised to see WMU close yesterday.

  22. Tammy H says:

    I have the text alders on my phone. At 4:11am this morning I got an alert that Ionia County is under a Lake Effect Snow Warning until 7am Saturday. It’s now 9:15am and I am looking at the Storm Team 8 warning box on the lower right corner of my television and it only has us in a Lake Effect Snow Advisory. So which is it???

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      It’s a warning for Ionia Co. – not so much for very heavy snow, but for the combination of snow showers, some drifting, cold temperatures and slick roads.

      1. Tammy H says:

        I think you need to revise that for snow Bill. We are getting dumped on! Yippee!!!

  23. Tammy H says:

    Alerts – not alders – darn spell correct.

  24. jim from Delton says:

    We had a good 6 inches last night in Delton…still snowing today.

  25. DF (SE Mich) says:

    The 6z GFS still shows us cool through late next week, then maybe a few days warm up. The Detroit NWS doesn’t have a temp above freezing through Thursday for A2 now.

    1. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

      Detroit had a high temp of 36 yesterday. Must have been early!

      Warmer today than they were expecting earlier in the week (no longer teens for high), but the warming trend stays gradual til after Tuesday now.

      CPC sticking by their guns saying the warm air is coming the 2nd week of February.

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        The high temp was at midnight. Seems to be a theme lately.

  26. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

    I have about 2.3 inches on the north side of Hastings. Been snowing real hard.

  27. caroldee says:

    Schools closed in Albion because reports say 5-7 inches..hmmmm wonder WHEN it will come..Saturday?? Three days off for those kids..

    1. Bnoppe(Albion) says:

      One day was sch and the other two were snowday a

  28. Wayland Lake Effect Lover says:

    It dumped in Wayland all day and all night yesterday. Easily 10 inches, but I’d say more like a foot on the ground. Getting more now.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      LOL! That band was relentless – I drove through it twice yesterday – and it was almost whiteout conditions; and it hadn’t moved on the second trip back home. On either side of it, it was sunny.

  29. Sue (Belmont) says:

    Not much of anything going on here right now. Maybe got another 1″ last night for a grand total so far of about 4″. I am not complaining, but I am reading about all of this snow falling in GR and south and feel like I am in my own little world….lol

  30. SE GR says:

    Hoping this LES Warning extension until Saturday will bring a meaningful amount of snow. I want to get out on the snowmobiles! :)

  31. Ned S. (Now in South Holland) says:

    Bill, just curious as to what the official snowfall for Holland was for the month of January. Thanks!

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

    We got another few inches last night since midnight, and I just measured 9.5″ on our deck. We’re closing in on 11″ total since Wednesday night.

    1. SS (Pwell Area) says:

      We have about 10 inches on our deck….

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

    Big snow flakes coming down right now in Ionia, quite heavily at times. Really wish this would keep up for a few hrs we would really add some snow.

  34. GunLakeDeb says:

    The bands are coming and going – just had a nice little spot of sunshine :-) Gives me a moment to blow some more snow…..

  35. Sam the Snow Dog says:

    About 6 miles inland from Lake Michigan in the Holland area. Grand total of 7″ since the meltdown and about 3″ of that fell in a 1.5 hour period yesterday.

  36. SS (Pwell Area) says:

    Coming down pretty good here now… big flakes!!!

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

      We keep going from snowing really hard, to just snowing lightly.

      1. SS (Pwell Area) says:

        That is the truth… it snows hard, then sunshine, then back to snowing!!! Crazy Lake Effect.

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          Fortunately, the peeks of sun help the salt to work on the roads – yeah – they’re gunky – but OK to travel on around here.

  37. INDY says:

    SNOWING HARD AGAIN OUT THEE YARDofBRICKS JUST OVER 7 INCHES ON THE GROUND AND IT’S COLD 13* OUTSIDE THIS IS THE STARTS OF A COLD WINTER GOING STRONG MORE SNOW AND COLD THEN LAST YAER OHHHH AND THE SNOW WILL BE FALLING A NOTHER 4 DAYS GET OUTSIDE AND ENJOY WINTEER AT IT’S BEST IN WEST MICHIGAN….INDYY..

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

    12Z NAM gives me another 10″. We’re still getting light to moderate snow right now.

  39. Bill says:

    Woodland, N.E. Barry County – three inches on the ground right now, off and on snow showers. I live on Jordan Lake which is about 25% open water right now. I have never seen open water like that before in February.

    1. fixxxer's neighbor says:

      :) Woodland is my hometown! It’s funny that you mention the open water on Jordan Lake. My sister-in-law lives on the lake and my son was going on and on about how they were planning to go out on the lake last weekend. I vetoed that idea,LOL!

      1. Bill says:

        Last weekend there were more than twenty ice-fisherman and a snowmobile on the lake. The lake was frozen over. I can’t imagine the ice was all that thick though.

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

        Had fairly good ice there last weekend. About 5-6inches, I cant believe there is open water on the lake that may put a damper in my weekend plans

        1. Bill says:

          The open water extends right to the public boat launch. On Thursday afternoon it was all frozen over. When I got up on Friday I couldn’t believe there was open water again.

          Did you catch anything?

        2. GunLakeDeb says:

          I thought Gun Lake was going to make it through the thaw – but that last bit of wind on Monday night, took out the ice. And it didn’t freeze until early this morning. Now it has some nice, insulating snow – so it LOOKS like a fun spot for snowmobiling…. but anyone venturing out on it is going to go swimming :-(

  40. Tom in Alger Heights says:

    Just took a look at the radar. It appears that the LES is taking up a more westerly component. Will this bring more LES into GR?

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Yes, may end up looking like last Fridays event later in the day.

  41. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

    Interesting that the radar does not look too impressive, but we have been getting steady, fluffy flakes most of the morning.

  42. Tom Rush says:

    The snow keeps on coming. It is getting old really fast. So far we’ve had a little more than 7 inches come down in the Alger Heights area since late Wednesday night. Not too many people have been out shoveling and the city has not plowed the residential area streets yet so if you are a dog walker like me, you and your 4 footed friend are pretty much out of luck.

    1. Tom in Alger Heights says:

      I cleared the sidewalk at our place and 4 others after I cleared the driveway. Actually worked up a sweat. Stood outside afterward and had a craft brew.

  43. Todd In Nunica says:

    Anyone know the time frame for the snow to kick up tonight?

    The NWS forcast said evening, woods forecast looks to be well after midnight.

    SW flow, Matt be ready! lol (and they are not talking it up either…..THOSE are the ones to watch)

    Watch us get 8+” with this next system

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Ohhhh yeah, I saw that! :) I always love hearing SW flow in the discussion.

      The NWS Aviation forecast made it sound closer to midnight, but yet the short term discussion refers to “this evening”. This is often done by local meteorologists. Good “cover your butt” move..

      1. Todd In Nunica says:

        Yea looking at the radar the only “area” of precip I see is way out west still. (like in the Dakotas)so I cannot imagine that getting here by “evening” its 2pm and that area of snow looks to be 12 hrs away.

        1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          Well, the NWS posted as part of their Graphic Discussion that the snow will start around 7 this evening and continue all night.

        2. Todd In Nunica says:

          wow so they are thinking 7 or more inches? Didnt think they were calling for quite that much….oh well keep it coming im finally making money!

  44. KevinS (Saugatuck) says:

    Jim S, What’s it doing in the Saugatuck area?

  45. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    As it’s been all along, nothing going on up in CedarTucky

  46. Michele (Rockford) says:

    Grand Rapids may have gotten 24.5 inches so far this season,, but farther North by Rockford, has had very little snow. Probally less than 15 inches total. We need a Huge Snowstorm in Northern Kent.

  47. Nathan says:

    Steady snow continues to fall. I’ll measure when I get home

  48. INDY says:

    BIG FLAKES COMING DOWN OUT THEE YARDofBRICKS CAN’T EVEN SEE MY WOODS!!STAY TUNED INDYY..

  49. Dan says:

    Sun poked through earlier! Now, more snow, some of the squalls are intense.
    I guess the clipper is supposed to re fire the Lake Effect for tonight! We could get a nice dumping out of this by the end of the day Saturday! More SNOW courteous of ANOTHER CLIPPER system for Sunday! BRING ON MORE WINTER!! Seems as if Mother Nature is attempting to make up for loss time, since Winter was very slow to get going!!

  50. mr. negative says:

    Anyone here from Kentwood? Wondering why the Kalamazoo/44th gets to “enjoy” 20 non-stop minutes of sirens and horns…yes, 20 non-stop minutes! I do hope all are well, but please…let’s find the destination.

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