Winter Weather AdvisoryFebruary 25th, 2013 at 8:34 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
We have a Winter Weather Advisory for most of the area. The Advisory goes from 10 am Tues. to midnight Tues. night for Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph, Branch and Hillsdale Counties. It runs from 1 pm Tues. to 6 am Weds. for Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Jackson, Allegan, Barry, Eaton and Ingham Counties and it runs from 4 pm Tues. to 6 am Weds. for Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Clinton, Muskegon, Newaygo Montcalm, Mecosta, Gratiot and Isabella Counties.
A mix of rain and snow will develop from south to north across the area during the midday and afternoon hours. Temperatures will be close to freezing during this event, so at least some of the snow will melt as it hits the pavement on the expressways and more heavily traveled roads that would have some residual salt or would get salted as the snow comes down. We may also get a period of rain or rain/snow mixed. The heavier precipitation will be along I-94, with lighter amounts in general north of a line from Whitehall to Big Rapids. Most areas should be in a 2-5″ snowfall area (though with warmer temperatures and some melting, it may not accumulate that much in some areas. Light snow will linger into Wednesday with flurries possible on Thursday. We’ll also have some icy spots tonight and tomorrow AM from the melting snow puddles that have frozen up tonight. This will also be a great weekend for winter sports.
MODEL UPDATE: New snow totals off the 00z NAM (caribou). This is Tuesday PM thru Wednesday evening. Grand Rapids 4.1″ (0.69″ total precipitation…starts as rain around 4 PM, goes over to snow in the evening…mix of rain and snow for 7 hours on Weds.). Muskegon 5.1″, Lansing 5.3″, Kalamazoo only 1.7″ (more rain than snow), Jackson 3.9″, Pontiac 6.3″, Big Rapids 6.2″, Mt. Pleasant 7.8″ (NAM just teasing the met. students at CMU), Cadillac 1.3″, Ludington 3.0″, S. Haven 3.0″, Holland 5.1″.
Through today, Grand Rapids is 2.7 deg. cooler than average for February. Today was only the 6th day out of the last 27 with no precipitation. Prior to today, we had just 18% of possible sunshine this month. This looks like it will be the coolest start to March in the eastern U.S. since at least 2005 (and possibly even 1996). We will not have a temperature warmer than 45 this month in G.R. That’s only happened now (inc. this Feb.) four times in the last 20 years. Check out the snow and wind reports from N Texas! The Amarillo area had up to 17″ of snow with wind gusts to 75 mph! Claude, Texas reports 14″ of new snow with 6-foot drifts! Pantex TX had 77 mph (non-thunderstorm) wind gusts and near Guyman OK they report 1.5″ of snow with 3 foot drifts!