Main batch of rain, freezing rain this afternoonDecember 21st, 2013 at 1:51 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
The main batch of snow, freezing rain and rain won’t get here until later this afternoon (from G.R. south) or early this evening (north of G.R.). Main roads this Sat. AM are mostly wet, with icy spots on side streets and rural roads, and especially in parking lots and on sidewalks and driveways. Here’s a few freezing rain reports and local weather observations. Here’s a surface map. Our weekend system produced thunderstorms in the driest part of the U.S. (SW. Arizona), so you know it’s strong.
Here’s 120-hour snowfall from the GFS and 84-hour snowfall off the NAM model. Morning model update: NAM (caribou): For G.R., freezing rain starts around 4-5 PM, 0.54″ with temps. from 31-33 degrees. Then 5″ of snow on Monday (mostly PM and evening). The rain is pushing up from the south…already raining at noon south of I-94. Kalamazoo gets 1.33″ of rain at temps. from 32.3 to 33.3 and then 2.4″ of snow on Monday. Cadillac gets 5.5″ of snow and a low of zero to +5 Tues. AM. Big Rapids gets 0.46″ of freezing rain, then an inch of snow on Monday. Holland gets 0.4″ of mainly freezing rain, then 6″ of snow from the model. The GFS plot has a similar 0.53″ of freezing rain then an inch of snow as it temporarily ends…then a couple inches of snow Monday evening. The GFS plot also has nothing warmer than mid 30s for the next 16 days for G.R.
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. 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. Here’s the morning run of the NAM forecast snow amounts. Here’s a live look at the Houghton Bridge.
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. Check out our new Lakes and Rivers Webpage.