Lake-Effect Snow

November 11th, 2013 at 12:29 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

lake effect snow watch  lake effect snow watch 2  We have a Lake-Effect Snow Watch for Berrien Co. Michigan and LaPorte, Starke and St. Joseph Counties in Indiana for up to 7″ of new snow.  We have a Winter Weather Advisory for Antrim, Otsego, Kalkaska, Crawford, Wexford, Manistee, Lake, Clare and Osceola Counties for 2-4″ of new snow.  There’s also a Lake-Effect Snow Advisory for Alger, Luce and N. Schoolcraft Counties in the U.P. for 10″ or more of new snow.   The mid-lake buoy shows a water temperature of 48.  That’s quite a contrast to the temperature a mile above the lake, which should bottom out around +10F and that should get the lake-effect snow machine cranked up.  The overall air mass is fairly dry and they should keep snow amounts down a little.  The gradient wind is more northerly, so much of our area won’t see very much lake-effect snow.  Snow bands could easily also clip western Mason, western Oceana, western Allegan, Van Buren and Cass Counties.  Again, we should all see our rain this AM change to wet snow before ending and we may see some snow showers push inland Tues. night into Weds. as the wind backs to the west.  There could be slick spots on the roads this (Mon.) evening in places.  As the wind backs to the west, we may see some snow showers and flurries move onshore, but it warms up aloft and that will dampen the lake-effect snow.

6 Responses to “Lake-Effect Snow”

  1. I like the W and SW flow for Lake Effect. Gets it further inland. I am thinking we are in for a good winter, Bill!

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Nice to see a post from you Charles. yes if the snow stays to our north and we stay mild and little or no snow it will be a great winter LOL once again nice it see a post from your!

      1. Thanks SlimJim! Yeah, I haven’t been around much. Been real busy lately with life, my new FB page for photography, videos etc (, and lots of other stuff. But I am making it a point to get around to this blog and a few other places I have sort of neglected in recent history. The winter you’re talking about sounds a bit like that of 2011-2012! Hahaha. ;)

  2. bluegill says:

    The ground is white in NE Grand Traverse County and the back roads are slick. The 2 – 4″ forecast may be on the low side unless the wind changes significantly as we are already at 2″.

  3. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Here at my house I am getting light rain and the temp here is 40°. Off to our north there is snow on the ground with snow on the ground at Gaylord (and I am sure at other places in northern lower Michigan) and looks like most of the UP has some snow on the ground. Here are some locations that do…..

    The snow has stopped in Houghton but here is the web cam from Michigan Tech….

    And in central upper Michigan this is from Munising……

    Looks like the snow has stopped there as well.

  4. Jim S (Saugatuck Twp) says:

    The 12Z NAM actually has the snow a little closer to the lakeshore than previous runs.

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