Saturday Sun – Rain Sunday PMFebruary 8th, 2013 at 3:40 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Low temps. Sat. AM: +1 G.R., Holland, Hastings, Ionia. Zero in Lansing. +6 Kalamazoo, +13 Benton Harbor, -11 Lake City, -18 in Atlanta (N. Lower MI). 34″ of snow on the ground in Charlevoix, 33″ in Grand Marais, 15″ in Muskegon, 8″ in G.R. A few snow totals of 30-35″ with the East Coast Storm that has buried Boston. (Big Rapids temperature dropped 9 degrees in 20 minutes this evening…clear skies, fresh snow, the wind goes calm and down she goes!) Looks like a great Saturday for winter sports. It’ll be chilly to start the day with lows from zero to +5 in most areas. Under partly to mostly sunny skies, we’ll be in the mid-upper 20s in the afternoon with light winds. Clouds are back for Sunday with winds increasing late in the day and rain developing during the afternoon. With the temperature right about at the freezing point (32) and the ground being cold, It’s not out of the realm of possibility that there could be a brief period of icing/freezing rain. Temperatures will rise to near 40 Sunday night. Monday will be windy (gusts to 35-40 mph) and cooler, with temperatures falling below freezing by evening. A few rain showers at daybreak Monday will change to snow showers for Monday into early Tuesday with some slick spots and light accumulations (maybe a inch). It looks partly cloudy from Tues. PM to Thursday with either snow or a mix for Thurs. night into Friday of next week.
Overnight model data: European: Rain starts Sunday aftn. – too warm for freezing rain…around 1/2″ of rain – high of 41 around 1 AM…rain to snow midday Monday with at least an inch accum…dry Wed. and Thu. probably snow (chance mix) on Fri. – if all snow then 2-3″. Bigger snowstorms go NW of us thru the Dakotas and again into the Eastern U.S. NAM has all rain (starting at 33 deg.) around 2 PM Sunday and 0.35″ then an inch of snow Monday PM/evening. GFS also goes to 41 Sunday night. It has 0.40″ rain then 1-2″ of snow Monday PM/Night with slick roads developing Monday evening. Then flurries Fri. and Sat. of next week. The rest of Feb. looks slightly cooler than average on the European weeklies. With a -6.7 deg. start for the first 8 days of a 28-day month, it’ll be very hard to turn this month to the plus side.
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