A Stormy Pattern

February 13th, 2013 at 7:34 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Click on the picture to enlarge. This is the GFS model run for Day 9, a week from Friday.  It’s a long way off…and it’s the GFS, but it’s showing a pretty healthy snowstorm over Lower Michigan that might be on the order of 6-12″.   The storm track is going to be SW to NE or WSW to ENE next week.  The Tuesday storm could be interesting, esp. SE of G.R., but this storm on Friday looks to be one to watch.  We’ll see an occasional warm day (40 tomorrow), but regular shots of Canadian air will ensure that February ends up cooler than average.

36 Responses to “A Stormy Pattern”

  1. Dave in Belmont says:

    So Winter Beerfest could be interesting on the 23rd

  2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    By the time this storm actually hits GR it will be even bigger than this model is currently showing! Get ready for many many SNOWSTORMS before Spring arrives!!

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

      It would be nice if that storm panned out, but so much can and most likely will change. Seeing is believing.

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

    On my way home from WMU I took pics near Plainwell on US-131, and when I got home I showed him the pic. His response was “there is no way that’s Plainwell!”. It is bare along 131 and in the fields along 131 from Plainwell south to Kalamazoo. You drive about 3 miles north of Plainwell, and bam! Plenty of snow. We made the comment that it looks like when we go up north during March for snowmobiling, and in the city of Cadillac there will be grass showing, and then when you get on the snowmobiling trail in the woods there is still a foot of snow. It’s just amazing that there is such a difference within 3-5 miles of open land. We still have 6-8″ here in the woods.

    1. Brenda (Otsego) says:

      Yes, I noticed the fields were bare on 131 just before M-89 so I thought my hay fields would be bare. Nope! They still are white! What a difference a few miles make.

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

        Yup, and then if you go a few miles south near D-Ave, then there is more snow as well.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      I still have a good 10 to 12 inches of snow on the ground and I am ready for a TON more SNOW!!

    3. Ryan (Rockford) says:

      That’s funny Travis, I just wrote a similar comment on Bill’s most recent post. Good mention of the difference between open fields/low-lying flat areas and wooded, hillier terrain as far as snowcover.

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

    him = my dad*

  5. Im not getting my hopes up, GO WINGS AND GO BLUE!

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

    I see the 18Z GFS gives us pretty impressive lake effect from Friday evening through Saturday now. Also some decent lake effect after the storm on Tuesday. Could be 4 decent snowfalls in the next week and a half for some places along the lake shore and south of I-96. I still have yet to have a “significant” synoptic snow here, with 5.8″ being my biggest synoptic snowfall.

  7. Jack says:

    Well, well, hmmmm.. It’s about Time this model, Shows THIS ! The FAMOUS JEM has Been Tracking This for quite awhile NOW, SNOW STORM Coming, Last week of Febuary !!!! Stay Cued, and GO WINGS !!!! ;-)

  8. Jeff (Portland) says:

    Ok Bill, let’s hit that 12-14″ mark next week !! WHOS WITH ME ????

  9. michelle(comstock park) says:

    Can someone (Matt, maybe?) tell me what this is looking like for Spring Lake area? I drive in to work, from GR Sat morn and out late sat night and again Sunday/Sunday night. Just like a heads up and it seems, as usual everyone will be getting something different!

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Hi Michelle,

      With northwest flow, chances are higher for snow here near the lakeshore on Saturday. It is difficult to know for sure since lake effect is hard to predict. Have you been in the area at all this week?

      1. michelle(comstock park) says:

        I just work there on the weekends so it is sometimes difficult to know what you have vs what we in gr have!

  10. justin says:

    well looks like i might have alot or snow this time i live in st.joesph county bring on the snow!!!!!

  11. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    Tuesdays snow storm???? Hmmmm maybe it will ground my dh flight from having to go back overseas and he’ll be able to stay 1 more day longer with us!

    1. Jack says:

      Hoping and Praying, that happens 4 your Family Swatzee.. God Bless, and Stay CUED::::::::::::: ;-)

  12. Barb says:

    We still have several inches all over in SE GR. No bare ground here.

  13. Slimjim says:

    Yes, here in Walker I still have several inches of snow. But even with all the snow I still made it all the way up to 40 today. As for storms the next two weeks time will tell,but remember any storm could be rain, freezing rain, snow or a combination of all three.

  14. Jill C. says:

    So maybe there’ll still be snow when we get home to Fruitland Township the first weekend of March from Texas. Hopefully, roads will be clear at least!

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Which county?

      1. Jill C. says:

        Muskegon, Matt.

  15. mr. negative says:

    No warm-up on the horizon, and no warm-up forcasted. 30 degrees (if we’re lucky) everyday through mid June. Shoveling/plowing expected to take place over Memorial weekend this year. Best of luck everyone.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      So you’re saying keep the snow blower gassed up.

      Fixxxer is gonna love it.

    2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Just so you know…this is not the Nome, Alaska Bill’s Blog…..

    3. Jack says:

      Oh the Beauty,In The NEGATIVE … ;-)

  16. Tyler (Escanaba) says:

    We lost some snow cover. We had 10 inches on the ground but then when the temps got to 36 and we had heavy rain for almost a whole day that really knocked the snow down. We still have 5 inches on the ground. The puddles all over refroze and the parking lots are all still an ice rink.

  17. INDY says:

    Dont ready any of Fizzer 33 on this page where are u all ????????? INDY AND ROCKYROCKFORD DR AND JACK HAVE BEEN TELLING U ALL THIS FOR WEEKS INDYY….

  18. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

    00Z and 06Z GFS still have a huge storm for the end of next week.

  19. Jerry hoag says:

    INDY!! You ready for the huge storm at the end of next week??? Bring on the sprites…..

  20. ~Sandy~ from DeWitt/Clinton County says:

    How is Tuesday looking now? How about Friday? Anyone know the latest readings?

  21. thundercat says:

    Yeah is there a site you get to look at next Fridays storm??? I have to drive to Detroit to catch a plane Sat for Miami. Going on a cruise don’t want to get stuck in Muskegon ;/ Help please!!! Thanks :)

    1. Jevon Murphy (Chicago) says:

      Looking at current model runs it could be a trechorous drive on Saturday, you may/may not want to plan onging a day or two ahead of time!

  22. Jevon Murphy (Chicago) says:

    For now I am very confident that a significant winter storm (could be Plato) could hit from the plains to the great lakes to the NE, as I have been watching this storm system for a couple days now on the models! Although, strength and amt. of precip./precip. type, and/or heaviness of precip. are largely unknown!

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