Thursday PM – a little rain/snowFebruary 14th, 2013 at 3:23 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Happy Valentine’s Day Night! The BIG STORY tonight is temperatures falling below freezing are going to cause some very icy patches to develop on roads, sidewalks, parking lots and driveways. Those icy patches will be a concern for the morning commute and could even cause a few school closings if unpaved roads get icy. Second, we are getting mostly light snow…most areas get an inch or less accumulation, but that will add to the icy road potential for tonight and tomorrow AM. Watch your car thermometer. When that gets below 32, be very careful. Remember bridges and overpasses often ice up first. 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.
Model update. The European has just a dusting of snow from G.R. east. It has 1/3rd inch of rain to snow next Tues. The GFS also has rain to snow next Tuesday. The NAM caribou has the same dusting for G.R., but does print out heavier lake-effect snow mainly Friday night and Satuday with S. Haven getting the most with a little over 7″, Holland gets 5″, Ludington 3″ and Muskegon 2″. We lean toward the higher lakeshore amounts.
88 degrees yesterday at Orlando and Palm Beach FL. Ramona CA set a record low at 23. Over 2″ of rain fell at Montgomery AL, Savannah GA, and Charleston SC. It was a very welcome 0.92″ of rain in Wichita Falls TX. Also, there was a partial roof collapse due to the weight of heavy snow at the ill-fated Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine.