Stupendous Snow, Colossal Cold!

January 5th, 2014 at 2:59 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

snow nbc sweden  1 AM – Band of heavy snow from Silver Lake, Oceana Co…offshore and then inland near Holland down to Sturgis – the band is strong 100 miles south into Indiana…snowing at the rate of 1-2″ an hour under the band.  Gust to 35 mph at S. Haven and 38 mph at Benton Harbor with the band.  Still snowing lightly elsewhere.  Reports of 12-20″ south of a line from S. Haven to St. Johns.  Winds will inc. to 15-25 mph.  Blizzard Warning issued for Berrien and Cass Counties and much of Northern Indiana.  Most schools will be closed tomorrow and Tuesday…GVSU and Western closed for Monday.  National Weather Service Discussion:  “I  EXPECT NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WEST OF US-131 MOST OF THE DAY MONDAY”.  Biggest snow in our area since the Groundhog Day Storm (we had a gust here to 49 mph with that storm) and a few spots have exceeded the Groundhog Day accumulations.  This is all really going to blow around tomorrow with bitter cold wind chills.

Tennessee has declared a State of Emergency due to cold and snow.  Parts of I-94 and I-65 have been closed in Northern Indiana.  Over 10″ in Chicago and St. Louis.  Rockin’ cold Monday from the Northern Plains and Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico.

The GRR NWS added Montcalm Co. to the Winter Storm Warning, which is in effect until 1 am Monday (remains in effect thru Monday for the lakeshore counties plus the next set of counties inland, which includes Kent, Barry and Kalamazoo Counties and we have a  Wind Chill Warning and will be in effect from 7 am Monday to 7 pm Tuesday.   The heaviest snow will probably be from Allegan, Van Buren and Berrien Counties ENE to the Thumb.  Drifts go to 3 feet.

Overnight model data:  The European model prints out 0.50″ precipitation for G.R. in 18 hours – at a 15-1 ratio, that’s 7.5″ of snow…at a 20-1 ratio, that’s 10″.  Inch an hour snowfalls are likely in the heaviest bands.  The European also has 0.18″ for Monday and 0.07″ for Tuesday…that’s got to be an additional 4-5″ of that’s right.  The Euro’s coldest temp. for G.R. is -6 Monday evening with an 850 mb temp. of -30C (-22F).  Even colder temps. are likely Monday night and Tuesday south of a line from Benton Harbor to Lansing where a WSW wind will miss Lake Michigan.  The Euro. has the coldest temp. at Kalamazoo at -11.  With a 17 mph wind, that’s a wind chill of -35.  For Jackson it has a low of -16 and with a 17 mph wind, that’s a wind chill of -41.  The Euro. would also have a touch (only a little) of freezing rain in G. R. next Sat. am. The GFS (caribou) snowfall totals:  Grand Rapids 9.3″, Kalamazoo 13.5″, Jackson 15.8″, Muskegon 6.8″, Lansing 13.3″, Big Rapids 4.1″, Mt. Pleasant 6.7″, Ludington 5.5″ (some lake-effect Sun. night-Tue.), Cadillac 3.5″  The GFS (caribou) has the coldest temp. in G.R. at -2 late Mon. with a 22 mph wind.   The NAM (caribou) has the highest snow totals:  Grand Rapids 11.3″ (plus another 2.4″ by Tues. even).  The lowest temp. is +1 Monday evening.  Other snow totals:  Kalamazoo 20.2″ (yikes!), S. Haven 18.6″, Lansing 16.3″, Jackson 15.2″, Pontiac 14.9″, Holland 14.2″, Mt. Pleasant 11.2″,  Muskegon 7.7″, Big Rapids 6.5″ (thru Tue.), Ludington 5.3″ and Cadillac 4.7″.       Stay warm and keep coming back to the blog for updates…links are below in the radar thread.  Lots of things to check out on the links.  (pic. from NBC – click on the pic. to enlarge).  See the radar thread below for lots of useful links.

The first 4 days of Jan. averaged 13.1 deg. colder than average in G.R.  Also, it’s going to be an early freeze-over for Lake Erie.

802 Responses to “Stupendous Snow, Colossal Cold!”

  1. Melisa says:

    Where’s Battle creeks totals?

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      The forecasts for the models don’t include Battle Creek for some reason…and the GFS (caribou) does not include S. Haven or Holland.

      1. wyomingwolf says:

        I like standard weather reports for Michigan in Winter.6-10″ or better.It feels like the old days.

    2. King says:

      Love your fore castings, but a little too much detail. We like simple facts. Thank you.

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

    Only 85 days till the Detroit Tigers baseball season starts. That’s the light at the end of the tunnel.

  3. Todd in Nunica says:

    Plowing a solid 2.5-3″ here in spring lake/ ferrysburg. With temps up to 32 and a decent amount of drizzle, I’m sure it’s settled.

  4. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

    I’m liking the lower totals, Bill. KEEP THEM COMING.

    1. Michael g (se gr) says:

      Yeah Tom. Only 10″! Just like spring!!

      1. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

        Nah, we both know Spring won’t be here til late May.
        10″ is a lot better than 16″.

  5. jj. jenison says:

    Looks like Ottawa and kent will be 1 county to far north from this great storm. A few random bursts from the storm is what im seeing. Guess we can hope for good amounts from the LE snow.

  6. spoon (sunfield) says:

    This storm will be a bust

  7. Scott says:

    WOW. Jacksonville, FLORIDA now under a Wind Chill Watch for windchills of zero to five above zero in their forecast area. That’s pretty interesting!

    http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KJAX/1401050847.wwus42.html

  8. tinainvbcounty says:

    Jeez Louise! Why does GR NWS wait until 3:30 in the morning to do all the upgrades to warnings…. Awakened again to my phone going off like mad with the wind chill warnings! Big yawn! lol! ;)

    1. Scott says:

      LOL!!! Have a nice glass of something in the fridge while you’re up and catch up with the latest.

      1. tinainvbcounty says:

        Good idea! Maybe even get the coffee ready for a little later! :)

  9. Todd in Nunica says:

    Well temp just dropped big time here, was 32 down to 28, which is good snow has transitioned back to light easy to push snow…..Now sometime I’ll get a scientific answer to why the same 3″is hard to push at 32 but soon as the temp goes below 32 that same 3″ becomes half the weight, (or maybe not half the weight but half as easy to push) gotta be resistance of the flakes….the snowplowers I’m sure know what I’m talking about, at any rate things moving along a lot faster now that is cold.Drizzle had gone over to very fine very light snow.

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

    The weather is nasty here in NW Grand Rapids. The snow is very wet and heavy and hard to shovel. There is a mix of mist and sleet right now.

  11. Scott says:

    Gaylord area has went with a WWA for 3-6″ of snow even up there in their area.

  12. tinainvbcounty says:

    On a good note, this snow will be awesome for the Gobles snowman festival!! Yay!!

  13. Scott says:

    Here’s my new and updated point and click for the period… (E. Van Buren Cty)

    Today: Snow, temps falling to 22, 6″ new snowfall.
    Tonight: Snow, blowing snow. 2 degrees. 4″ new snowfall.
    Monday: Snowshowers, blowing snow. -6 by 5 PM. 3″ mew snowfall. 32 MPH gusts.
    Monday night: Snowshowers, -8. 2″ new snowfall. 33 MPH gusts.
    Tuesday: Snowshowers, high 3, 2″ new snowfall.

    Snowfall totals, 17″ new snow, extreme windchills, and obviously NEAR blizzard conditions (missing the criteria by a mere 3 MPH. Significant blowing snow.

    Let’s review the facts:

    WE are in a COLD and SNOWY PATTERN IN THEEE COUNTY of VANBUREN!!! I HAVE my APPLECIDER and COCOA PUFFS! LET IT SNOW!!!

    I just can’t do it, can I? Just doesn’t work. LOL.

    Ahem… Sorry about that. It’s late. In all seriousness, these are the winters I remember decades ago. Everyone please be safe and warm through this period of time.

    1. tinainvbcounty says:

      You, too! The snowmobilers will be rejoicing!

      1. Scott says:

        The snowmobilers and Timber Ridge!

    2. Brad (Van Buren) says:

      Good try though :)

  14. Scott says:

    Detroit has an excellent and detailed summary as to why the Low has been shifting NW. here’s a sample:

    18-00Z…A CLASSIC MIDLATITUDE CYCLONE IS EXPECTED TO LIFT
    NORTHWARD THROUGH THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY IMPACTING SOUTHEASTERN
    MICHIGAN. THE 00Z SUITE CHECKED IN WITH VERY GOOD AGREEMENT WITH
    STRENGTHENING A SURFACE CYCLONE TO 993MB NEAR HAMILTON ONTARIO BY
    6Z. IT HAS BEEN FUN TO WATCH THE EVOLUTION OF THE MODEL SOLUTIONS
    WITH REGARDS TO THE AMOUNT OF ADVERTISED PHASING BETWEEN THE
    SOUTHERN PV ANOMALY AND THE MUCH STRONGER LOBE OF THE POLAR
    VORTEX. IN FACT…THE MAIN 500MB VORTICITY MAXIMUM IS NOW EXPECTED
    TO GO FROM A FLAT-POSITIVE TILT AT 12Z OVER ND TO A MERIDIONAL-
    NEUTRAL CONFIGURATION BY 3Z OVER IOWA. THIS WILL CAUSE A
    SECONDARY MAXIMUM OF RAPIDLY DEEPENING 1000-500MB HEIGHT FALLS
    WHICH WILL CAUSE THE DEEPENING SURFACE LOW TO AT LEAST DRAW BACK
    WEST. THAT IS THE EXPLANATION FOR THE WESTWARD TREND AS TIME HAS
    BEEN APPROACHING ZERO. THERE REMAINS SOME UNCERTAINTY WITH REGARDS
    TO EXACT TRACK OF THE MIDLEVEL LOW CIRCULATION WHICH WILL PERSIST
    INTO THE NOWCAST TIMEFRAME. THE IDEA IS THAT IT WILL TRACK
    NORTHWARD TO JUST EAST OF LAKE ERIE SHORELINE/DETROIT RIVER OR
    SLIGHTLY TO THE WEST…ECLIPSING A SMALL PORTION OF THE CWA
    BETWEEN 00-03Z.

    http://kamala.cod.edu/mi/latest.fxus63.KDTX.html

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

    I’m thinking mid day bonfire to warm up by in between times of plowing my drive out. The Ole Snow Removal Machine may have to be active on and off with this storm to keep up. Wish I had heated grips. Maybe next year. Go Packers!

    1. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

      Go Packers? They all may be DEAD by 3rd quarter.

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

        Tom,that gave me a big laugh. You may be very correct. So I hope the Packers have the bigger score before they all freeze solid.

        1. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

          Fair enough request. ;)

  16. Scott says:

    Chicago area highly considering upgrading portions of their area to a BLZW…

    FOR THE SHORT TERM…THE FOCUS IS THE POST-FRONTAL SNOW BAND EXTENDING
    FROM CENTRAL MISSOURI…THROUGH ILLINOIS AND INDIANA AND INTO LOWER
    MICHIGAN. AS OF 3AM CST…THE COLD FRONT WAS PUSHING INTO NWRN
    INDIANA AND EAST-CENTRAL ILLINOIS. THE ONGOING SNOW IS LARGELY
    POST-FRONTAL ALONG AN ELEVATED F-GEN BAND. LATEST RADAR IMAGERY
    INDICATES NARROW EMBEDDED HEAVIER BANDS WITH AN ENHANCED BAND FROM
    GARY TO PONTIAC. SNOWFALL RATES OF 1/2 INCH PER HOUR ARE LIKELY
    WITHIN THE HEAVIER BANDS…WITH STEADY LIGHTER SNOW COVERING THE
    REMAINDER OF THE CWA. THE POST FRONTAL SNOW SHOULD PERSIST FOR THE
    REMAINDER OF THE NIGHT AND INTO THE MORNING HOURS. SOME OF THE HI
    RES GUIDANCE IS SUGGESTING A BRIEF LULL TO THE STEADIER SNOW BEFORE
    THE WARM ADVECTION SNOW KICKS IN WITH THE SRN STREAM SHORTWAVE
    LIFTING UP FROM THE SOUTHWEST. HAVE ACTUALLY MADE LITTLE
    SIGNIFICANT CHANGE TO THE GOING FORECAST AND WINTER WEATHER
    HEADLINES…BUT STILL HAVE SOME CONCERN ABOUT THE NECESSITY TO
    UPGRADE AT LEAST A PORTION OF THE WINTER STORM WARNING TO A BLIZZARD
    WARNING FOR LATE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TONIGHT. DURING THIS
    PERIOD…MUCH OF THE AREA WILL SEE NORTH WINDS GUSTING TO 30-35
    MPH. SO…WILL MAINTAIN MENTION OF BLOWING SNOW FOR THE ENTIRE CWA
    WITH…ONCE AGAIN…OPEN AREAS WITH EAST-WEST ORIENTED ROADS SEEING
    THE GREATEST IMPACT. BY THE TIME THAT THE WARM ADVECTION SNOW GETS
    UNDERWAY…THE SERN PORTIONS OF THE CWA…GENERALLY SOUTH AND EAST
    OF A LINE FROM GARY TO PONTIAC SHOULD SEE THE HEAVIEST SNOW…WITH
    AMOUNTS GRADUALLY TAPERING OFF TO THE NORTH. THE COMBINATION OF
    FALLING SNOW AND STRONG WINDS COULD VERY LIKELY PRODUCE BLIZZARD
    CONDITIONS…BUT WILL HOLD OFF ON UPGRADING THIS PORTION OF THE AREA
    TO A BLIZZARD WARNING FOR NOW…AND MONITOR THE ONSET TIMING OF THE
    HEAVIER SNOWFALL RATES WITH THE WARM ADVECTION SNOW. THE HIGH RES
    MODEL GUIDANCE STILL WANTS TO DEVELOP A LAKE EFFECT PLUME POINTING
    INTO LAKE AND PORTER COUNTIES IN NORTHWESTERN INDIANA LATE THIS
    AFTERNOON AND EARLY THIS EVENING…WHICH COULD FURTHER ENHANCE
    SNOWFALL RATES AND LIKELY REDUCING VISIBILITY TO NEAR ZERO AT
    TIMES. SO…MANY OF THE INGREDIENTS NECESSARY FOR BLIZZARD
    CONDITIONS ARE COMING TOGETHER…THE MAIN QUESTIONS BEING TIMING AND
    AREA EXTENT STILL UNCERTAIN ENOUGH TO HOLD OFF ON A BLIZZARD WARNING
    FOR NOW.

    1. DJ2450 says:

      Thanks for keeping us updated.

  17. Vissman says:

    Supposed to fly home to GR today but have an option to stay south a few days longer. What do you think would be the best travel day? The airlines will give us until January 9 without a change fee. Thanks!

  18. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Good Morning Grand Rapids! Lets review the facts!

    1. GR is in their first WSW of the year!
    2. The snow is picking up as we speak!
    3. The low pressure system is currently picking up strength and still moving more to the NE! This will increase the GR snow totals!
    4. We are entrenched in a COLD and SNOWY pattern with no change in sight!
    5. More cold air will be arriving around the middle of this month!
    6. The 06Z RDB model shows GR picking up 10 to 12 inches of SNOW by Tuesday AM!
    7. GR will be seeing blizzard conditions by Monday AM!
    8. There will be multiple school closings for Monday!
    9. The JEM model is on fire!
    10. Cold and Snow Rocks!
    11. GR is headed for 100+ inches of SNOW this winter, so get used to it baby!

  19. INDY says:

    Wow talking Blizzard now !!!! Who would of said?? Very heavy snow coming down at thee YARDofBRICKS another win for Thee RDB Thee JEM And Thee IWS!!!! STAY TUNED!! INDYY

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Yes and the GR SNOW totals will end up higher than the NWS is currently predicting! ROCK n ROLL will never die!

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

        I think the storm will bomb out SE of GR. Lots of liquid being sucked up from the Gulf. It may over ride the cold front some for GR and snow hard for awhile. I’m thinking more of a on and off snow for our area with a total for 5 inches in the Rockford local thru Sunday night. I’m going for 12 to 14 inches over by Dundee. The worse for most areas North and Northwest of GR will be drifting snow.

  20. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Here is the latest NAM snowfall map! Get ready GR!

    http://wxcaster.com/gis-snow-overlays2.php3?STATIONID=GRR

  21. shelbyville says:

    Here is a jet stream map….animate it…pretty cool…http://www.wunderground.com/US/Region/US/2xpxJetStream.html

  22. Mike (Berrien county) says:

    northern IN NWS also talking about an upgrade to blizzard warning. http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=IWX&product=AFD&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1

  23. Katie in Kentwood says:

    The radar is diminishing away….

    1. Jim S (Saugatuck Twp) says:

      Looks like a pretty good break before the next round comes in later today.

      1. Katie in Kentwood says:

        good time to shovel away what has already fallen then I guess.

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

          Shovel down wind. Smaller drifts later.

        2. Katie in Kentwood says:

          True. I did about 3/4 of the driveway and decided to take a break…I will be back out later! The neighbor has a snowblower and will probably come help us.

        3. Cassie (Kentwood) says:

          Light snow here all day, looks mostly like flurries flying around.

  24. Jim S (Saugatuck Twp) says:

    I just measured 6″ since 11:30 am yesterday.

  25. 1.0 inches as of 7:30 but snowing pretty good now. Already drifting good here in flat wide open farm ground territory

  26. marianne says:

    well south haven has been socked….and its still coming…i have influenza so i guess i wont be out there shoveling until thursday when hopefully things settle down….10 more inches on top of 10 inches…ridiculous.

    you have to laugh at this point. i will remember it will melt and water the gardens eventually.

  27. Jay (Alto) says:

    Couple inches since yesterday here in Alto. Not a whole lot. I’m guessing not anywhere close to the 8-14 forcasted on Woodtv.

    1. Reid (Schoolcraft) says:

      most of it, is supposed to hit today.

      1. Jay (Alto) says:

        In the PM today? Wow, that’s going to be some rapid snowfall then if my area is going to see 8-14!

        1. John says:

          Yes Jay most will come this afternoon into late tonight and early tomorrow morning, inch per hour snowfall rates possible

        2. Your in a great spot for this storm Jay

        3. Jay (Alto) says:

          I hope so!

  28. Barb says:

    Very cool photo with the story. Where is it taken?

  29. Reid (Schoolcraft) says:

    First school closing. Three Rivers for Monday.

    I would expect many many more to cancel school today for tomorrow.

    1. Brad (Van Buren) says:

      You and I would think so…but then again, that would be logical.

      1. Reid (Schoolcraft) says:

        yea… I am skeptical of my district. They closed it the day before Xmas break because of fog which the fog lifted by 9am. On other times in the past they have been very reluctant to call off school.

    2. Julie (Muskegon/Oceana line) says:

      Regardless of snow, the wind chill warning should close schools. I just hope they start dropping today rather than tomorrow morning so families can prepare.

  30. Dave in Jenison says:

    This is the weather I remember as a kid in the 40′s and 50′s. Only then we didn’t have the technology to let us know how bad the weather would be. We knew we lived in Michigan and when the snow came we just dealt with it. This storm in no way can be compared to the blizzard of 78. Have fun out there and be careful.

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

      Never forget the Blizzard of 78! Or the ice storm of 76. I made it then I can make it now.

      1. suehelen says:

        We must be the old people on this blog!

        1. Beth says:

          I remember both!

    2. Yep the “Blizzard of 78″ was a once in a lifetime event as was the 1976 Ice Storm, but we tried to get there with this last ice storm which was pretty amazing. This one had a record about of downed lines but no where near the tree or pole damage of the 76 storm but again if you were those in south central Michigan without power for a week or more I’m sure you view it differently. 1976 was from around or just north of Jackson to Clare and from Wisconsin to London Ontario with many without power for 1 to 2 weeks and some remote areas for over 3 weeks.

      1. suehelen says:

        I remember the ’76 ice storm well. We were without power for almost 2 weeks. My mom and dad had a fireplace so we were lucky there. I remember the blizzard of ’78 too. massive drifts. This storm is puny compared to that. :-)

        1. suehelen says:

          I remember my dad and our neighbor trying to move a drift from the middle of our road between us and the neighbor’s house with our tractor. They dug holes in the asphalt trying to move it.

        2. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

          The ground hog day blizzard was only .1 of an inch less… And I measured 17 at my house in one night!

  31. Don (Battle Creek) says:

    It has been literally snowing non-stop here since 6 p.m. yesterday evening. If we ever can get any clearing before the “next round” comes in, will go out and shovel/measure

  32. Dylan says:

    SOOOOooooo…everytime I seem to look outside it’s not snowing in Grand Rapids…course I just woke up. But…I dunno…sure seems like this storm is SADLY missing us!! Or is it mostly supposed to hit today!??? Time frame!???

    1. The storm will really deepen later today as it starts to move into the Ohio Valley and that will get a good warm air advection snows to push in and a nice deformation snowband to wrap into the northwest sector. Look for the storm to look much better and about 4 or 5 hours.

  33. kentwoodchicken says:

    BWAAAK! Lull here! It’s a snow blower palooza!

    1. tinainvbcounty says:

      Hahaha! :)

  34. Michael g (se gr) says:

    About 2.5″ here last night, 3.5-4″ total since noon yesterday.

    1. kentwoodchicken says:

      Well that certainly isn’t “stupendous snow” culck,cluck,

    2. Jay (Alto) says:

      Funny….Im in Alto and we prolly got only 2 since yesterday…

      1. Jay (Alto) says:

        I figure if we can pick up a good 3 today, we’ll just be shy of the 6 predicted. Not bad, though it would be nice to be over the forecast!

        1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

          The forecast was 6-12, so it is almost impossible to be out of that range. The NWS really covered themselves up for this one. Either 6, or 8, or 12, or maybe 14 in heavy bands… And if it’s one inch less than the 6 the people won’t care. So 5-14 inches, that’s my take on it.

        2. Jay (Alto) says:

          LOL…you could drive a truck through that range! This is certainly a ‘snow event’, but far far from a ‘storm, if ya know what I mean. NOW, maybe Monday will get a little tricky due to the severe cold, so maybe the winter storm warning makes sense, in that regard.

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

    We got absolutely hammered here after I left for snow removal. We’re received 3.5″ since 1:45AM, and have a storm total of 7″ already. I almost got stuck in the intersection on our road, and it took me 4 attempts to get up my driveway into my garage. Still snowing lightly.

    1. jj. jenison says:

      Lucky you…. enjoy it for the rest of us!

    2. Steve W. says:

      About that same total here in Mattawan area. I estimated 6-8″ this morning. No exact measurement yet still clearing snow. Should get really interesting when the winds pick up

      1. tinainvbcounty says:

        I’d say close to that in Gobles, as well.

  36. Kimberly (Kalamazoo) says:

    Measured the snow on my front walk this morning at 8am and I had roughly 5 inches since last night at 11pm.

  37. exwolverine says:

    here its around 60 today. but I’m in Las Vegas into 40s at night. that’s cold for here

  38. jj. jenison says:

    2 to 3 inches max for Ottawa and Kent today. 1 to 2 inches to the north of those 2 counties. Nam is miles off. 6-8 maybe will be the storm total here. Nothing spectacular.

    1. WickedTwister says:

      Guess u think the GFS and. Euro are all wrong to cause both of those give GR at least 7 inches today through 2nite

      1. jj. jenison says:

        Tonight and into tomorrow might be another 1 to 2 inches max as well. So 3 to 5 inches from today to tonight and into early tomorrow. Don’t see 7 inches but I do hope im wrong.

  39. Ben (Charlotte MI) says:

    4.5 inches here since 7 pm yesterday. Looking forward to watching this storm develop. Looks like I am in a pretty darn good location for this one. :)

    1. Yep, your in a sweet spot for sure

  40. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Close to 4 inches with blowing and drifting Saturday afternoon BEFORE we were placed under a warning……barely even a trace with calm winds ever since the warning was put over us. Never fails.

    1. John (Holland) says:

      The main event is coming this afternoon and evening. This has been well known, so what is the point of this?

      1. SBPortage002 says:

        Plus there was a winter weather advisory out at the time so there was really no reason to complain.

        1. Barry in Zeeland says:

          Not complaining, just stating the facts as they have happened.

        2. Cliff(Scotts) says:

          Some people are never happy!!!

        3. Jay (Alto) says:

          Barry, I hear ya man, this is not a ‘storm’. You ‘take cover’ in a storm….

    2. jj.jenison says:

      In the same boat man. The majority of the snow came in that first wave around noon yesterday. Once 7pm hit and we were offically under a WSW we got maybe 1/2 to an inch of snow till now. Funny how that works.

      1. Cort S. says:

        If you saw the radar last night, you noticed a very sharp gradient between no snow and snow, across a distance of just miles, typical of upper-level frontogenesis snows. That gradient set up just to your south. So you didn’t see much, but those south of you certainly did.

  41. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Snow in N. Illinois appears to be intensifying, holes closing up. Hoping for an additional 6″ here in GR be later this evening, then bring on the lake effect!

    1. SBPortage002 says:

      Snow in northern Indiana appears to be heading north at this time.

      1. Cliff(Scotts) says:

        Hopefully the flake size is larger in these bands, pry got about 3 inches last night with those tiny flakes.

        1. SBPortage002 says:

          I can ay this lull is going to be brief. Some dark greens on NWS radar in northwest Indiana and northeast Illinois right now heading this way.

  42. John says:

    Tomorrow and Tuesday both look very nasty! I think it would be a wise decision for all schools to close tonight, oh how I miss hoping for a snow day when I was a kid, there’s probably thousands of west Michigan kids hoping for one tomorrow, have fun if your a parent lol!

    1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      I really don’t need another snowday, we just had break.

      1. J-rod says:

        I’ll take whatever I can get.

      2. SW Kent says:

        Good attitude Nathan.
        People who are always looking for more days off usually don’t go far in life.

        1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          Ouch. That is sort of a harsh comment, don’t ya think? Perhaps some people enjoy snow days or days off because it allows them a chance to catch up on things?

  43. I see the 12Z NAM shows 2 to 3 inches for the next 30 hours, what the hang ??

  44. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Just to clear up some confusion, there is a lull in the snow right now BUT it will fill in this afternoon for areas south of Muskegon essentially. Another good 3-6 inches may accumulate, maybe 7+in the big snow bands. I’m expecting about 5 more inches, but we will see. Just know that more snow is on the way.

    1. Brennan Prill says:

      3-6? Haha try 6 to 8 inches.

      1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

        I’m just being conservative like the GR NWS :p

        1. Brennan Prill says:

          they kinda have to with their “winning” streak. But the facts are what makes a good prediction. 3-6 is a little low my friend. Forest hills will likely see a total of 6 inches or more. Correct me if I’m wrong tomorrow :)

        2. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

          I will happily correct you tomorrow :) hopefully you’re right!

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

    6″ snowfall so far here in the woods, 14″ on the ground.,,,,..currently shoveling paths around the yard for the maltese and the min-pin…..back to work tomorrow and Tuesday. …eek !

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

    And from what I understand, the “storm” is not actually here yet ?

    1. Jeff (Richland) says:

      Correct

    2. Brennan Prill says:

      Break in the action. Snow starts to fill in during early afternoon and intensify into the evening. Don’t worry you will get your snow.

  47. Jeff (Richland) says:

    6″ here so far.

  48. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Light snow starting to fill in… It’s a good start

  49. Brennan Prill says:

    Blizzard Warning will likely be issued for parts of the Lakeshore. Wind speeds and falling temps suggest otherwise.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Bring on the blizzard! The more SNOW the better!

  50. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Get ready people. This storm is just starting to intensify and is heading right at us! We have a ton of SNOW on the way, then wind, then COLD and then more SNOW!! SNOW, SNOW, SNOW, SNOW :)

    1. Mike (Berrien county) says:

      Yeah I noticed it’s already down to 17 at Chicago, while I’m sitting around 30. This snow is about to go from a heavy wet snow, to a fluffy dry powdery type that blows & drifts everywhere. I think blizzard warnings will be issued shortly.

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