Winter Storm WarningJanuary 4th, 2014 at 4:22 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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.