Tuesday Snow

December 23rd, 2013 at 1:34 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local First, the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map. We still have a lot of power outages, some large, some small. Consumerps still has 184,282 customers without pow roughly 10% of their customers.  Here’s area snowfall totals, including 18″ near Holton, 17.5″ at Twin Lake and 17″ at Lakewood Club (email pics. to newsroom@woodtv.com)   NOTE:  The Gaylord NWS Radar is down due to hardware failure and will be down until (estimated) tomorrow afternoon.  Light, fluffy snow is hard to pick up as you get farther from the radar site…so surrounding radars (Green Bay, Grand Rapids) may not pick up some snow across NW Michigan.   Three fatalities in flash flooding at New Hope, Kentucky and one fatality and several injuries from a tornado in Arkansas. The Bill Steffen Christmas road tour has been in Traverse City over the weekend (after previous stops in Aurora, Illinois and Oak Ridge, Tennessee).  This Monday AM – we have big, fluffy snowflakes coming down and light winds…24-hour snowfall total here a little over 6″, with over a foot on the ground.  We hope to be back home Monday evening.  We have a Winter Weather Advisory for Allegan, Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties (this may or may not be expanded to other counties).  They’ve had Flood Warnings for most of Indiana and Ohio.  There are still some real icy spots on driveways, parking lots, sidewalks, side streets and rural roads. Even main roads may be snow covered.  I talked to a doctor and he said they’ve seen a lot of fractures from falls over the past week…be careful.  Here’s a few freezing rain and snow reports and local weather observations. Here’s a surface map.  Low temperature was -35 at Jordan MT, -33F in Glen Ullin, ND, west of Bismarck.  NW or W winds are going to bring some very cold air into the Western Great Lakes – but Lake Michigan should warm the Wisconsin air a good 10 degrees.  Very deep low pressure center to give strong winds to Ireland and the U.K. today.  Here’s 24-hr. snowfall totals from the U.P. from Sun. AM to Mon. AM.     From Joe Bastardi:  “Major Stratospheric warming developing. Dec. will wind up coldest since 2000 in Lower 48 states, Jan. likely coldest since 1994. Natural gas price surging!

341 Responses to “Tuesday Snow”

  1. John says:

    16″ of new snow since 5pm this evening in the Twin Lake, Lakewood Club,and Whitehall areas! That’s crazy, they probably have 25-30″ on the ground! Here we missed out in the brunt of it :(

    1. Stephen(North Muskegon) says:

      Easily got a foot here John such a amazing event

  2. Jim S (Saugatuck Twp) says:

    18″ in Holton. Incredible. The most I ever received from a lake effect event in one night was 18″ about 5-6 years ago. There was no wind with that.

    1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      This is just surreal. How in the world is that even possible? Jeez! This was really really unexpected for them.

      1. Cort S. says:

        It’s hard for Muskegon County to get a heavy convergence band. The larger-scale wind field was set up just perfect for them. North winds to their north and west winds to their south.

        1. Jim S (Saugatuck Twp) says:

          Didn’t they have something similar happen in January a couple winters ago…they got about 14″ that day I think. It was either 2 or 3 years ago.

        2. Cort S. says:

          Maybe this one maybe? January 17-18, 2009


          I checked the radar archives. That one was a clipper system enhanced and followed by heavy SW-wind lake-effect snow.

    2. John says:

      Also a report from Twin Lake of 18″ of snow from 5-11pm, that’s just crazy!!!

      1. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

        That’s B.S.

  3. LARRY says:

    So after 17 inches of snow since 4:00 you finally issue a winter storm warning at 8:00 pm. People should not be driving anywhere in Muskegon County.

  4. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Snowing heavily here now. I’m headed off for bed, but I’ll try to wake up a couple times tonight if possible.

  5. Bald Eagle (Montague) says:

    Good 16 inches here! Unbelievable! Left @ a little after 4 to go to shelby to the in laws, got home around 830 to find 16 inches of snow! Just flurries up there. This is after I cleared a good 3-4 inches before we left. Crazy!

  6. Todd In Nunica says:

    haha saw the pic travis posted and thought hey, my brother in law lives in whitehall, they had not looked out the window in hrs……great to hear their reaction when they did!…..lmao

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Fruitport/Northern Spring Lake Township has made out with between 8 and 10 new inches.

  7. Cort S. says:

    Here is a long radar loop showing the beautiful evolution of today’s LES.

    (Not friendly to slow computers or slow internet.)


    For an even longer loop, click this one.


  8. Andy says:

    This is what I find hilarious, a one week build up for a storm that gave us just a couple of inches of snow and some ice. Then boom out of nowhere we get this burst that gives Muskegon County a foot and a half of snow and parts of Newaygo and Kent 7 to 10 inches of snow! Gotta love Michigan!!

    1. ER from GR says:

      HAHAHA it is just incredible the bands of snow that have set up over Muskegon county!!! It compares to the early snow that fell and hammered the Michigan Indiana border earlier this winter.

  9. ER from GR says:

    Hey Bill, i’m curious, why did you first move from WZZM to WOOD TV so many years ago???

    1. Jack says:

      ER.. I cant Speak for BILL, but it May Have Been He Wanted to HANG with His Old Buddy Craig James !! See here : http://blog.mlive.com/grpress/2008/06/medium_BILL-STEFFEN-and-CRAIG-JAMES.jpg. Nice Tie in this Photo BILL !! Stay Cued.. ;-)

  10. Yup (Grandville) says:

    Just got back from Founders, snowing heavily and a beautiful drive home! Love Michigan weather!!!

  11. Ben (North Muskegon) says:

    “Total nighttime snow accumulation of around 11 inches.” Got to like that point forecast!

  12. John says:

    I’m sure northern Muskegon county is already halfway through their season average snowfall for this year!

  13. John says:

    The 00Z NAM has another 8″+ of snow for tomorrow night thru Thursday morning for areas north of Holland to GR! Northern Muskegon county could have 30″+ of snow on the ground come the end of the week!

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      How much snow did you get today?

      1. John says:

        About 6″, 12″ different than what northern Muskegon county got!

  14. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Pretty heavy band of snow on radar just south of Muskegon to GR right now.

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