Snow, Wind and Cold – WednesdayFebruary 18th, 2013 at 10:19 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
2:45 AM – I’m still here in the weather office going over new data. Matt is already here working on the forecast for DAYBREAK. The Euro. gives G.R. another 1/2″ of snow today (Weds.) with 1-2″ possible SW of G.R. in a few spots. Then it gives G.R. 1-4″ of snow for Thurs. night/Friday with the possibility of a little freezing drizzle. That could make for slick driving at just about any time Friday. Snow showers and maybe an inch of snow on Saturday. The next system on Tuesday looks to be a mix, but more rain than snow for G.R. on the Euro. New NAM caribou gives the lakeshore areas 1/2-1″ tomorrow with just a dusting inland. It also gives us 1-3″ of snow on Friday (slick for the morning commute) then 3-6 hours of freezing drizzle (which could make things slick for the evening commute). Indiana eeks out the win at East Lansing 72-68. Two of MSU’s three conference losses were against Indiana. Muskegon got 6.9″ of snow on Tues. – that brings Muskegon’s season snowfall to 77.4″, which is now only 0.2″ ABOVE average up to this data. GRR NWS reported 1.3″ today and that brings the season snowfall total for G.R. to 46.6″, which is 13.9″ below average. We’ve had nearly 2″ here downtown. Temperatures will be in the teens this morning, with wind chills of zero to +5. Temperatures are in the teens with wind chills of +0 to +10. At 1 PM Tues., Munising reported a 6-hour precipitation of 1.08″. I’ll assume that’s too high – if not, that’s an amazing blizzard with a wind steady from the north off Lake Superior at 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph. S. Ste. Marie reports 0.37″ precipitation in 6 hours and that would be about 7″ of snow in 6 hours. They had a snow depth of 26″. Keweenaw Co. has pulled plows off the roads…zero visibility. Houghton reported 12″ of snow in 12 hours with 3-4 foot drifts. North of Shingleton they report 11″ in 12 hours. Chatham had 14″ of snow in 17 hours and Negaunee had 9″ in 18 hours. Check out the snowman at Twin Lakes – half buried by snow!
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 new 00Z NAM Caribou forecast snow amounts by Weds. PM: Grand Rapids 3.7″, Holland 7.9″, S. Haven 8.7″, Muskegon 5.5″, Ludington 6.8″, Kalamazoo 4.7″, Cadillac 4.7″, Big Rapids 0.7″, Lansing 1.1″, Mt. Pleasant 0.2″, Pontiac 0.4″. Here’s the 00Z GFS Caribou…first number is Tues./Tues. night snow, 2nd number is Friday snow (which continues to shrink with each model run): Grand Rapids 2.2″, 1.0″, Muskegon 6.4″, 1.0″, Lansing 1.0″, 0.8″, Kalamazoo 2.6″, 1.9″, Ludington 7.2″, 1.3″, Cadillac 4.1″, 1.5″, Mount Pleasant 0.7″, 0.7″, Big Rapids 1.1″, 1.2″. It looks like the European would give G.R. at least 2″.
Thanks to Cort Scholten for adding names of towns to the satellite picture of the G.R. area (Grand Valley shows up in “Laker Blue”). The drought region of Nebraska/Kansas/W Iowa gets some much needed moisture (signfiicant snow). Train plowing thru snow in New Zealand.