Winter Storm WatchFebruary 25th, 2013 at 2:42 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
We have a Winter Storm Watch in effect for the entire area for Tues. afternoon and Tuesday Night for up to 6″ of (wet, heavy) snow. If you look at the National Advisory/Warning Map, you’ll see the National Weather Service offices agree that the Plains storm is headed up here toward Michigan. This storm will produce another 6-12″ of snow in parts of the Plains, more much needed moisture for them. The system will weaken as it comes our way, with maybe 3-5″ here, so certainly not the biggest storm of the winter for most of us. I anticipate the Watch being upgraded to an Advisory this PM. It may come in two time periods, with a mix of rain/snow Tues. PM/night, then snow Weds. PM night. Dry and cool weather will follow for Thursday and Friday. This storm will add or our already high February snow totals. Muskegon has already set a record for February snowfall at 46.4″ and, while I don’t have snow records for Holland, their monthly total (also now at 46.4″ is either a record or very close to it. Grand Rapids has picked up 27.1″ of snow so far this month. In the meantime, enjoy a little sun today. Through Sunday, we’ve had just 18% of possible sunshine this month. There are patches of ice this morning, snow that has melted and refrozen overnight. There were some patches of thick fog this morning, but they should evaporate by late morning. High temperatures average in the upper 30s for the last few days of February and we should be close to that this PM. Friday to Sunday look cool, with temperatures holding only around the low 30s in the PM – plan on another great weekend for winter sports. The overall pattern looks cool for the first half of March (which would be much cooler than the first half of March last year. This storm system will produce isolated severe weather from LA to NC, SC, GA and FL.