Mix later this PM/NightMarch 15th, 2013 at 4:32 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
12:35 PM Look for a mix of rain/snow to develop eventually this afternoon or evening. Just flurries at Ludington now. Two batches of precipitation – one in SE WI now, N. IL moving SE – the next back in the Dakotas that won’t get near us until later tonight. So, most areas dry early afternoon…chance of rain/wet snow late afternoon evening – most main roads just wet, then snow later tonight after midnight. The temperature falls below freezing around 10PM (earlier to the NW of G.R.) – so roads get slick after that. The new NAM caribou gives G.R. 2.6″ of snowfall…some melts as it falls. Temperatures will initially be a little above freezing. The snow may melt on the main roads initially. After sunset, temperatures will drop below freezing and roads will probably become very slippery. Most areas should see 1-3″ accumulation with an isolated 4″ tonight into early Saturday. Looks like very little snow south of I-94. The snow ends early Saturday and we’re set for a great weekend of winter sports, especially across the U.P. and N. Lower Michigan. We’ll get another round of mixed precipitation to snow Monday into Tuesday and Tuesday will be windy and cold with snow showers and temperatures much of the afternoon in the upper 20s. The pattern overall looks cooler than average to the end of the month. For current Michigan weather observations and wind speeds, click here. Here’s NAM model snowfall thru 84 hours, the GFS snowfall thru 120 hours (with up to 10″ forecast over 120 hours alonhg i-94!) 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 Maranatha 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.
Season Snowfall in the U.P.: Marquette 162.4″, Munising 160.1″, Herman 189.1″ and Twin Lakes 214.9″. Marquette has 41″ of snow on the ground at the airport. A very wintry week coming up with a mix of precipitation on Monday (which could include a brief period of freezing rain in the AM) and very cold (for this time of year) air and snow showers for Tuesday to Thursday. Accumulations are likely and the wind will keep wind chills low. Save a couple extra dollars for the March heating bill! Had a great time at the Leadership Breakfast this AM and at the Muskegon Skywarn Session this afternoon. Now it’s off to a dinner in downtown G.R. Busy day! Tomorrow I have to work on Science Olympiad.