Winter Weather AdvisoryDecember 22nd, 2013 at 5:27 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
10% of Consumer’s Energy Customers are without power as of 8:45 pm Monday. 68.1% of Barry County is still without power, 54.1% of Eaton Co., 60% of Shiawassee Co…only 2.5% of Kent County. Pic. on the left is snow and ice this (Sun.) am at Lake Macatawa from Maria Dryfhout. It’s a little early to see this much ice on Lake Macatawa. 4:30 PM Mon. 12″ of snow in 5 hours at Twin Lake, Mich., reports NWS spotter. The Winter Weather Advisory which also includes Allegan, Kent, Ottawa, Newaygo, Barry, Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties until 7 am tomorrow (Tue.) for “TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS FOR TODAY THROUGH TONIGHT WILL RANGE FROM 3 TO 7 INCHES. SOME LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS WILL BE POSSIBLE WEST OF HASTINGS”. Muskegon Co. is under a Winter Weather Warning. Bill adds that a few spots could top 7″. Drove back from TVC this afternoon, now out doing Christmas shopping – will update later this evening. It still looks like another 1-5″ of snow and breezy on Christmas Day. The latest data out this PM from the GFS plot has nothing warmer than the mid-upper 20s for G.R. from Dec. 31 to Jan. 7…coldest is -1 on the 7th of Jan. The European’s warmest is mid-upper 30s on the 27th with temps. only from 15-20 on New Year’s Eve and Day…pretty cold start to Jan. Also: Why playing basketball after an ice storm may not work out. Gust to 60 mph at Heathrow Airport in London, England.
Areas outside the advisory will see 1-3″ accumulations. Milwaukee (Sullivan) had 9.3″ of snow Sunday with a boost from Lake Michigan. Here’s the GRR NWS summary of the freezing rain event that was mostly Sat.PM/Sat. night. We have an Ice Advisory for Lake Superior for “rapid ice growth Monday and Tuesday, the 23rd and 24th“. Here’s some cool photos of the snow and ice around West Michigan. Check out these 22 photos of the ice storm around Toronto, Canada. We were up to 209,000+ without power in Michigan.
Overnight data: NAM Caribou Mon. AM snow forecast – the most is in Muskegon and Ottawa Co. – about 4″ this PM/evening – maybe 2″ for west side of G.R. – east edge of the main snow band…maybe 2″ in S. Haven. Significant snow stays north of I-94.
Best night ever playing Apples to Apples tonight…7 people, I won 11 times – more than twice 2nd place…it was just luck…lotsa family fun. I went to the Methodist Church in Traverse City Sun. am (daughter 3 sang in the choir Sun. AM). From several blocks inland, you could hear the roar of the waves coming off the bay. We were about 3/4-mile in light/moderate snow and we have at least a foot of snow on the ground in the yard here. Flurries continued all Sunday pm and night. Lions find a way to lose again. Cousins was OK at QB for the Washington Redskins.