Lake Effect Snow ShowersDecember 9th, 2013 at 2:10 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Monday PM – I’ll leave radar at the top of the blog with more snow showers/ flurries likely. Check the next thread for more, including updated model data. First, interesting note…they’re raising money to help out the guy who’s car got overturned at Michigan State in the post-game celebration last night. We received 1-4″ of yesterday PM and overnight. A few spots have also picked up a touch of freezing drizzle. Roads have slick spots and the wind is strong so there is drifting snow. There was a Freezing Rain (drizzle) Advisory up overnight for Northern Indiana. It’s well below freezing, so the snow is sticking. The average high for G.R. is 37 today and Sunday we only made 23. It was 8 degrees warmer in Fairbanks, Alaska Sunday than it was in G.R.
Check out the webcam at Krupp’s Resort, where they are pushing toward 2 feet of snow on the ground. Check out the cold temps. on the U.S. Low Temperature map. This was as of 7 am EST, so many of these weather stations (esp. in the West) would have dropped another couple of degrees before sunrise. There’s a definite chance of at least flurries in Fresno CA. The last snowflake they saw was on 12/15/08 and the last measurable snow was 12/20/1998. It was easy to tell where the cold front is on the temperature anomaly map. Here’s the morning run of the NAM forecast snow amounts.
Here’s a live look at the Houghton Bridge. Keep checking back to this thread for these links: Grand Rapids radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s the College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, and a surface weather 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. Check out Storm Total Rainfall (until they reset it). 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 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 (summer). Here’s storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy, the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy, the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington, the weather station at Manistee Harbor and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan wind gusts from MesoWest, data from the MAWN agriculutural weather stations and Weather Underground (data at the bottom from private weather stations.
We’ll have to watch for ice jams on Michigan rivers as the cold air settles in next week. Here’s some river water temps. Also, many inland lakes will be icing up in the next 10 days. Beware of early thin ice.