Winter Storm Warning

January 4th, 2014 at 4:22 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

advisory   Winter Storm Warning for everyone south of a line from Muskegon to just south of Oscoda for 8-16″ of new snow.   Most of the Winter Storm Warning expires at 1 AM – it continues into tomorrow for V.B., Kal., Allegan, Barry, Kent and Ottawa.  On top of what we’ve had already (as of 4 pm, I expect another 4-6″ from Berrien Co. to Kalamazoo to Lansing east and another 2-4″ for Holland/Grand Rapids.  GRR mentioned the possibility of an upgrade to Blizzard Warnings for Allegan and Van Buren, where blizzard conditions are possible, especially at Lake Michigan (remember, a Blizzard Warning for a specific county does not mean that everyone in the county will see blizzard conditions…the warning verifies if one place has blizzard conditions – it’s like a Tornado Warning.   It’s a Winter Weather Advisory for Muskegon, Newaygo, Mecosta and Isabella Counties for at least 4-8″ of total snow.  Montcalm Co. has been added to the Winter Storm Warning.  The Warning goes until 4 am and may be replaced with another Winter Storm Warning or even a Blizzard Warning for the lakeshore counties and areas west of US 131.   We all be under a Wind Chill WARNING for late Sun. night into Tuesday.    The Northern Indiana NWS says:  “WIND CHILLS WILL QUICKLY DROP TO BETWEEN 30 AND 45 DEGREES BELOW ZERO SUNDAY NIGHT AND PERSIST THROUGH TUESDAY. THIS IS A DANGEROUS AND POTENTIALLY DEADLY WINTER STORM AND TRAVEL IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED.. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…BE PREPARED FOR SIGNIFICANT TRAVEL ISSUES WITH POSSIBLE ROAD CLOSURES AND BITTERLY COLD WIND CHILLS.  PACK EXTRA BLANKETS…FOOD…WATER…A SHOVEL AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PLENTY OF FUEL. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO WALK LONG DISTANCES OR SPEND LONG PERIODS OF TIME OUTSIDE.”   Here’s (in red) the areas expected to be below zero Tues. AM.    NAM WRF SNOWFALL – Ottawa, Kent, Montcalm, Gratiot south get HEAVY snow.   Shooting hot water from a squirt gun at -40 deg.     Keep checking the links in the radar thread below.

Early Sunday AM:  Here’s radar showing the heavy snow.  The band will hold where it is.  Chicago has already had 10″.  This will be a long-duration snow for areas like Benton Harbor, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Flint.  Where the heaviest band sets up 16-18″+ from Sat. to Mon. morning is likely.   The Sunday PM  GFS takes G.R. to -6 deg. late Mon. afternoon with a 22 mph wind.  That’s a wind chill of -31 (right now everyone under the age of 18 is copying the URL of this thread and sending it to their school supt.).   Also, it’s not impossible that we could get a period of light (not heavy) freezing rain over a part of Lower Michigan for a time either next Friday night or early Saturday…too soon to mention anything other than it’s within the realm of possibility.  Keep coming back to the blog and watch us on WOOD-TV – we’ll be doing “cut-ins” during the day – most at the top of the hour on TV.


270 Responses to “Winter Storm Warning”

  1. ~Sandy~ from DeWitt/Clinton County says:

    Just drove my daughter from Lansing to Grand Valley, and then came back – took me nearly 4 hours! Wanted to go now just in case we get that 14 inches total tomorrow! WHEW!!!!

    1. Brenda (Otsego) says:

      Good call Sandy!

  2. Paul (Yankee Springs-Barry State Game Area) says:

    About 2.5″ – 3″ so far here in the woods

  3. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    My daily snowfall for the 4th is 3″. Still snowing at a very consistent rate. The snow was in between powdery and packy.

  4. Jay S.(US31/I96 corridor) says:

    Snow is filling in to the north again. Had about 4 to 5 inches of wet snow here so far

  5. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Are we expecting more snow here in GR?

    1. Jack says:

      Btw.Nathan Did u Hear Bill say… He Got his Sleeping Bag & Pillow in His Car for Sunday. just incase He Get Stuck at The Station Sunday P..M. !! Stay Cued….

      1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

        Really! I sault you Bill!

        1. Jack says:

          Yeah, Bill is The BEST !!!

  6. jerry hoag says:

    Hey Jack, INDY……I AM HEADING TO BED, maybe church will be canceled, maybe not……who knows…….we shall see in the morning…..if it isn’t I want to get some sleep/at least try too……GOOD NOGHT ALL OF YOU AND ENJOY THIS BEAUTIFUL WEATHER, SNOW, WIND, COLD AND VERY, VERY, VERY BLIZZARD LIKE CONDITIONS THAT ARE COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    1. Jack says:

      Jerry I believe Most Churches will be canceled !! All EXCEPT …” Church of The Mattress ” with Reverend Pillow Delivering The Message !!! Lol….. Zzzzzzzzzzz.. Stay CuedDDD!! ;-)

  7. Tom says:

    This sounds more like a blizzard to me, the sort of which I remember from the late 1970s.

    1. Jack says:

      1978 !! I loved That BLIZZARD !

    2. Jack says:

      Nice Pics. Of 1978 Blizzard HERE Tom ….. CUE;;: :-)

  8. Scott says:

    Well that’s a nice re-intensification in just a few minutes of the band, now wasn’t it?

    1. Jack says:

      SCOTT….” You Got That Right”!!!! CUE::: ENJOY…. & Stay Cued !!

    2. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      Yeah, sure was.

      1. Scott says:

        Looks like that’s going to be the trend now looking back at Chicago. System’s starting to ramp up.

        1. Scott says:

          No wonder when you look at Illinois radar the developing precip is highly convective!

        2. Cort S. says:

          Jet dynamics and frontogenesis near 700 mb really forcing this band. Surface air too cold and stable to lift.

  9. Scott says:

    I have a feeling the development of this is going to be very, very interesting the next couple of hours.

    1. Jack says:

      Agree. When it Comes to SNOW &Wind Here, The Future’s So Bright !!! SPIN ::: Lol…stay CUEDDDD !

  10. Todd in Nunica says:

    Drizzle in spring lake…..

    1. Jack says:

      Drizzle FOG ???

      1. Todd in Nunica says:

        Not really foggy, just light to moderate drizzle.

  11. Scott says:

    Banding increasing south of the main line. Echoes developing in northern Indiana. Rapid development of precipitation in Illinois in Missouri, some of which are taking on highly convective elements. Intensification of the main band of precipitation currently overhead. If you’ve never seen the evolution of a Winter Storm, take a seat and watch this if you have the time. I find these things absolutely fascinating!

  12. kentwoodchicken says:

    BWAAAK! Yet another sassy synoptic snow event! My glowing thermal NASA endorsed insulated beak warmer is being put to the test!

  13. Jeff (Portland) says:

    Moderate to heavy snow here the last 25 minutes ..

  14. I heard bill has his pillow and sleeping bag in his car in case its bad for tomorrow night jack? If that is true, you rock Bill! Best meteorologist!

  15. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    Wow what a difference between Allegan County and Kent County on my drive to work. 1/2″ an hour snowfall rates with 2-4″ on US-131 in Allegan County, and a light mist with just wet roads in Kent County.

  16. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

    Sleeping bag and pillow. Snow is gonna hit the fan!

  17. Scott says:

    new thread

  18. Dylan says:

    fell asleep and just woke up…its BARELY snowing in GR…is this gonna pick up for GRAND RAPIDS??????? ALL SOUTH right now! :/

  19. jj. jenison says:

    Really sucks being just a bit to far north from this storm. Snows for a period of time than stops for a hour or 2 then comes back. Not going to pick up good amounts of snow if this is the constant trend.

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