Tuesday SnowDecember 23rd, 2013 at 1:34 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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!