Shiverin’ Snowman!!January 1st, 2014 at 4:23 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Overnight model update: 7:25 pm – it’s still snowing pretty much south of a line from Grand Haven to Alam, though snow intensities have diminished a little. Roads are snow covered and slippery from Ottawa, Kent and S. Montcalm Counties to the south. The Winter Storm Warning continues for Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph Counties until 4 PM Thurs. and the Winter Weather Advisory for Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, Branch and Hillsdale Counties continues until 1 PM Thurs. The Advisory is until noon Thurs. for SE Michigan. Snow reports include 6-8″ across Berrien Co., 4-7″ in Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Cass and St. Joseph Counties and 3″ in Jackson and Calhoun Counties. Here’s snowfall reports from SW Michigan, N. Indiana and NE Illinois (up to 11.3″ at Libertyville IL, 9″ at Arlington Heights and up at Racine WI). Some cold afternoon high temps: -3 S. Ste. Marie, -9 Grand Forks ND, -11 Intl. Falls MN, -18 Flag Is. MN, +2 Waterloo IA, +1 Houghton MI, Minneapolis MN and Sioux Falls SD. It was only in the mid 50s today at Brownsville TX and Mobile AL. It did reach 82 at Miami, Key West, Palm Beach and Ft. Myers Fl, but it was only 65 at Orlando.
The models have a tremendous shot of cold coming early next week. The Euro. gives G.R. a surface temp. of -8 Tues. AM with an 18 mph wind and a biting wind chill of -22 (well into “no-recess for kids” territory). For you weather geeks, the Euro. has the 850 mb temp. down to -30.1C n(-22F), the 500 height down to 503 and the 1000-850 mb thickness to 490. AND…the Euro. gives us a lot of snow! It prints out 0.57″ of precip. from Sat. night into Sun. night (that could be 10″ of snow) and another .13″ Mon. into Tues. The GFS only has a couple inches of snow Sat. night. The GFS-plot has -5 Fri. AM, -1F at 1 PM next Monday (with a stiff NW wind), then highs of 12, 12, 16 from Tues. to Thurs. of next week. Temperatures could be 10-12 deg. colder on the other side of the lake in Chicago and Milwaukee and even across N. Indiana where the wind isn’t warmed by Lake Michigan. The GFS gives Green Bay a temp. of +1 with a 16 mph NW wind at kickoff of the Packer/49er game and the temp. falls to -6 by the end of the game. The Euro. is a little slower with the cold and would have the game starting around +12 and then falling to around 6 by the end of the game. From Joe Bastardi: “A severe, perhaps epic, period of cold and storminess is in front of us the next 10 days.” MONSTER 1049 mb Siberian high pressure center moves to S. Ohio. Coldest temperatures slide south of W. Michigan through Indiana and Ohio. Winnipeg, Canada as cold as planet Mars!! GFS forecast average low temperature Jan. 7 for the Continental U.S. is 9.8 degrees!! 13 degrees and snowing for the big outdoor hockey game at the Big House. Intense cold from Siberia to Iowa.
Check out the high temp. map from Tuesday. High temps: -16 International Falls MN, -18 Grand Forks ND, -28 at a couple locations east of Lake Winnipeg! That’s industrial strength cold air! I’ll be working – on the air the next 3 evenings (Thurs. to Sat.) and keep coming back to the blog for updates.