Snow Advisory Fri. Night/Saturday

December 13th, 2013 at 4:26 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

advisory    First look at this!   First time in 112 years they have snow in Cairo, Egypt.  Look at the snow on the West Bank in IsraelHundreds trapped in cars in Israel.  The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the entire area from 9 PM this evening until 10 PM Saturday for 3-5″ of new snow plus some drifting.  While some lake-effect snow showers will follow this system on Sunday, the snow for Friday night and Saturday will not be lake-effect.  It’ll be a general snow with slightly heavier amounts southeast of Battle Creek and the lower totals to the northwest.  Roads will be snow covered and slippery from Friday evening on.  The NAM (caribou) forecasts these snow totals:  Grand Rapids 5″, Lansing 5.8″, Muskegon 3.2″, Kalamazoo 3.3″ (I don’t think Kalamazoo will get less snow than G.R.), Pontiac 5.9″, Mt. Pleasant 5.8″, Big Rapids 3.8″, Ludington 2.4″, Holland 3.9″.   The NAM also gives G.R. an inch of snow on Sunday, Kalamazoo gets 1.3″ on Sunday, Holland 1.6″.   The European model has 0.25″ precipitation for G.R. and that would be about 4″ of snow with another 1/2-1″ on Sunday and another 1/2-1″ on Monday.   The GFS has 0.30″ precipitation for G.R. – that’s 4-5″ plus it has at least another 1″ on Sunday and another inch on Monday.  The models also now suggest we could see freezing rain changing to rain next Thurs. night into Friday.  It takes our temperatures up to the low-mid 40s next Friday night – then the Arctic air surges back and the GFS has high temps. of only 10-15 on Christmas Eve – The European shoots the G.R. temperature to the low 50s Sat. AM the 20th, then the Arctic air roars in and we’re down to -3 on the 22nd.   The Euro. also clears us out and gives us a low of about -6 next Tues. morning, the 16th, while the GFS has clouds, flurries and temps. in the mid-upper teens the morning of the 16th.  BTW, there’s still an ice jam on the Manistee River in Wexford County and there is an advisory up for that.        ALSO:  Check out the heaviest December snowfall in Israel in 50 years…and they may get more snow.  Flights were cancelled, schools closed and motorists were stranded.  On Thursday, Jerusalem had a high temperature of 38 (average highs are in the low 60s) and Tel Aviv had a 48-hour precipitation total of 2.32″.   Damascus, Syria had 4″ of snow with temperatures in the low-mid 30s and the high temperature in Cairo, Egypt was only 54 (avg. 69).

254 Responses to “Snow Advisory Fri. Night/Saturday”

  1. Stacsh says:

    Seriously Grand Rapids doesn’t see more than an inch with this storm. Gutless meteorologists going with the computers again.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      You are wrong again. Better luck next time!

    2. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Lol, what a joke!

    3. Bill Steffen says:

      GRR officially had 1.9″, but everyone else was above that. East G.R. had 3.3″ Lansing had 3″, Muskegon 2.1″, Fremont 2.8″. Cannonsburg (NWS Meteorologist) 3.8″, 4″ Kalamazoo and Greenville, 4-6″ Jackson, Kalamazoo and Calhoun Co. – 7″ at Sturgis.

  2. INDY says:

    Bill needs to come over and kiss thee YARDofBRICKS!!! No stacsh about it!!!INDYY!!!

  3. Scott says:

    Finally seeing some echoes on radar showing signs of expanding and intensifying. It’s been quite the vigorous battle all night long, but the trend definitely appears to be moving toward the upswing finally.

    With that said – I’m not the happiest with the appearance of the snow field to our south. A dry punch went by to it’s south earlier, and what was uniform moderate to heavier snow looks more scattered and broken. Hoping within the next few hours it recovers – which it appears to be doing over Illinois nicely.

    Again, thinking that this will be a “filling in” development of snow – not that large shield backing in. And it looks to me like it’s starting to do just that – to the south first, then working up I think at this point.

    1. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

      ..and some of us are completely OK with it just fizzling and falling apart.
      We have more than enough snow already.

      1. John (Holland) says:

        > actually believing this

        You live in the wrong state. Seasonable weather for Michigan is snow and lots of it.

        1. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

          You’re right. But we don’t need TWO FEET of it.

  4. Scott says:

    Snow has begun in E. Van Buren County. Flakes are very small, it is on the very light side.

    1. Scott says:

      Snow is picking up, and it is beautiful. I don’t know if they’re needles or prism types – but I’ll tell you this, they catch the street light and sparkle beautifully. These are my favorite type of snow crystals – it’s like diamonds falling from the sky.

  5. Ryan (Rockford) says:

    To everyone who is concerned about this system fizzling out, keep in mind that this is supposed to be an all-day event tomorrow. Bill even said he wouldn’t expect more than an inch overnight, especially GR to the north.

    1. Jack says:

      YES, Ryan !!! That is what Bill Said. He also said this snow will be ” LIGHT” for 36 hrs to get to the Totals that He Predicted ! Plus Bill Said Stay Tuned, For Further updates from storm team 8 ….ON DAYBREAK 6:00 A.M.Sat. Morning !!! Basically STAY CUED!!! ;-)

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