Monday – more snowFebruary 4th, 2013 at 12:15 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
We have several periods of light snow coming this week, starting this morning. There is a Lake-Effect Snow Advisory until 7 PM Monday for Ottawa, Allegan, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Berrien and LaPorte (Indiana) Counties. We have a Winter Weather Advisory for Calhoun, Cass, St. Joseph (MI) and Branch Counties, plus much of Northern Indiana and NW Onio. Snow and flurries continue with 1-3″ accumulation – higher west and south of G.R. with the least snow NE of G.R. There could be an isolated 4″ in favorable lakeshore areas south of Muskegon. It’s a little slippery for the Monday AM commute. Light winds today, so no drifting. The next batch of light snow comes in about mid-afternoon Tuesday into Tuesday night…another 1-3″. The GFS has the heaviest snow with the Thurs. system from Oceana/Muskegon to Saginaw…the NAM would be Ottawa Co. to just north of Detroit. The fourth batch of precipitation may start as a mix late Thurs. and go over to snow. The European has more precipitation than the GFS and I’ll lean that way for now. That could be several inches of snow (if it’s all snow). . It’ll be a relatively cool week, though we should get to the mid 30s late this week. The models hint at a warm-up with some rain possible Sunday into Monday of next week, maybe into the low-mid 40s briefly. Then, it looks cool around mid-month with temperatures back to or slightly below average. 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, 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, the 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 .
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