Winter Weather AdvisoryDecember 10th, 2013 at 1:45 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
A Winter Weather Advisory has been posted by the GRR NWS for the lakeshore counties from Van Buren north, plus Kent, Newaygo and Lake Counties for the day tomorrow (not tonight, though we will continue to see snow showers and slick roads tonight). 3-5″ are expected in the advisory area (isolated 6 or 7 possible), plus winds if anything will be stronger than today and temperatures a few degrees colder, so there will be blowing and drifting snow (considerable in the outlying areas). Gusts to 35 mph today in G.R. and Holland and gusts like that are likely tomorrow. I’m working on graphics for 10 and 11 now. The temperature in Chicago at 8 pm EST is +7 with a wind chill of -12.
Evening run of the NAM (caribou) gives G.R. 2.6″ (that’s at the airport, there would be more to the northwest). It also gives GRR 4.7″ of new snow on Wednesday! The snow on the NAM starts at the airport shortly before noon…so run errands early. It gives GRR the heaviest snow from noon to 3 pm, with steady winds of 22 mph – so quite a bit of drifting. The model gives GRR a high of 21 tomorrow, 23 on Weds. and 19 on Thurs. The average high for today is 37. Other NAM (caribou) totals for Tues. and then Weds./Thu. in inches: Lansing 0.2, 1.2 Muskegon 1.3, 2.2 Kalamazoo 0.4, 2.4 Jackson trace, 0.8 Pontiac 0.3,0.6 Big Rapids 1.7, 0.5 Mt. Pleasant 1.1, 0.2 Cadillac 2.5, 1.1 Ludington 1.5, 1.8 S. Haven 1.0, 6.7 Holland 1.6, 6.4.
CLIMATE NOTES: G.R. hjs had 2.9% of possible sunshine over the last 7 days. That’s 111 minutes of sun. The last 7 days the average wind speed has been a healthy 11.6 mph!
European model gives G.R. 0.07″ precip. today (1.5 to 2″), 0.09″ Weds. (2″), 0.04″ Thurs. (maybe an inch), 0.35″ Friday night to Sun. AM (5-6″ if that’s right), 0.02″ Sunday, more flurries Monday. The GFS plot has 0.07″ today (Tue.), 0.05″ Weds., 0.03″ Thurs., 0.13″ Friday, 0.17″ Sat. and snow showers most days next week. BOTH THE GFS AND EUROPEAN DO NOT HAVE THE TEMP. IN G.R. GETTING ABOVE 30 IN THE NEXT WEEK. THE GFS KEEPS THE TEMP. IN G.R. BELOW 32 THROUGH CHRISTMAS DAY! The European has a low of 0 to +5 Thurs. AM and 0 to -5 next Monday AM. The GFS coldest is -4 on 12/22. Bottom line.
Here’s the 50-car crash near Milwaukee that was caught on a traffic cam. Watch the whole video and note the (dumb) people who got out of their vehicles and started walking around!