Snow Advisory Fri. Night/SaturdayDecember 13th, 2013 at 4:26 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
First look at this! First time in 112 years they have snow in Cairo, Egypt. Look at the snow on the West Bank in Israel. Hundreds 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).