Evening Flurries Mainly W of US 131January 6th, 2014 at 2:50 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
6:25 pm Tues: A little light snow at times this evening west of US 131 and north of I-94…this could increase just a bit later tonight, but the overall airmass is very dry…we’ve had quite a few slide-offs during the afternoon, roads are slick. Temperatures range from 10 at Muskegon to near zero southeast of G.R. We should be up to 18-20 deg. tomorrow, a little light snow possible around Thurs. night. 1/2″ rain Fri. night/Sat. am with temps. from 32-36 – scary-close to freezing rain – have to watch that system closely…best bet for freezing rain US 10 north…but even at 35 deg., the ground is cold and we could have icy spots on the roads. The warmest day is Sunday…upper 30s (40 not impossible, but snow is pretty thick here)…another cold shot coming for around Jan. 18-20…not as cold as this shot, but still Arctic air. AM avg. temp. in U.S. at 9 am EST was 13.8 (12.2 yesterday). AM temps: 34 Orlando, 19 Pensacola, 15 Mobile, -9 Crossville TN, 6 Atlanta, 5 NYC, 4 Philadelphia, -15 Indianapolis, -17 Sturgis MI. Frost depth 7″ in Grandville MI, some welcome snow on the way for the Cascades, western mountains, -23 Wakefield in the U.P. this morning, 58″ of snow on the ground at Painesdale in the U.P. this am. Delaware in the U.P. has had 173″ so far this winter. They’ll hit 200, but snow should slow down as Lake Superior freezes up. For weather geeks: PNA negative days 1-5 (we warm up in the Great Lakes), then goes negative by day 10 (cold comes back to the Great Lakes). Watch me tonight on the news for the forecast update…stay warm.
2 pm temps: 18 Kennesaw GA, 21 Atlanta, 29 Pensacola, 40 Daytona Beach, 46 Orlando, 55 Miami. Here’s National Snowcover.
Earlier: Pretty exciting finish to the BCS Championship. Auburn has 2 losses, wonder if MSU has a shot at #2. Snow continues north of a line from south of Benton Harbor to Lansing. Another 1-5″ with the heaviest totals in Allegan, Ottawa, SW Muskegon, W. Kent and W. Barry Counties. Winds still up and drifting the snow. Lake Michigan really warming the air…it’s -1 in G.R. and -11 in Chicago. Battle Creek -11 and Marshall -16. The cold air is wrapping around Lake Michigan and winds are SW south of a line from Berrien Co. to Lansing. Sturgis dropped to -17, colder than any weather station in Alaska! The snow is heaviest downwind from the fattest part of Lake Michigan.. -13 in Indianapolis, the coldest temp. they have had since 1994. It’s was the teens down to Dallas (13), Jackson MS and W. Monroe LA (wonder if the guys from Duck Dynasty can go ice fishing). There’s was a 103 deg. temperature difference from N. MN to S. FL. Houghton was -10 even with the wind crossing Lake Superior! Across Lake Superior it was-29 at Grand Marais MN with a wind chill of -58. It’s was below zero this morning from Montana to northern Oklahoma and NW Arkansas to Ohio. It’s snowing down to Atlanta (might snow all the way down to Macon). 2 pm temps: 19 Rome GA, 14 Haleyville AL, 33 Galveston TX, 35 New Orleans, 30s in the Florida Panhandle. 52% of the Lower 48 states has a snow cover this morning. The snowstorm produced up to 19″ of snow in W. Michigan and 9-10″ in St. Louis, Chicago and Indianapolis. The cold caused both engines to freeze on an Amtrak train from Detroit to Chicago, stranding passengers for nine hours just past Kalamazoo, Mich., until another train arrived to tug it the rest of the way home. Check out the massive wave in England (storm hitting them, too). Another massive wave on the French Coast. On the other hand, the beach was a little crowded in Rio de Janeiro over the weekend. Lake Michigan this morning from the North Side of Chicago. Continental U.S. average temperature at 9 am was 12.2 deg! It’s colder in Coldwater, Michigan than it is in Barrow, Alaska right now!! Antarctic ice extent has had spectacular growth in the past year. Today we set a record for areal extent for the date by nearly 10%
“Vortex Retreats But Comes Back Briefly Between the 16th-20th. More Deep Cold Possible Late January into February!” – Paul Pastelok, Accu-Weather long-range forecaster.
Morning run of the NAM (caribou) is in…coldest temperature in G.R. is early tonight…fastest winds are midday tomorrow…wind chills stay -15 to -30, but could reach -40 south of a line from Benton Harbor to Lansing where the air is not coming over Lake Michigan. It might get close to 30 deg. Thurs. PM. Look at Record Low Temperatures this AM.
Here’s radar and links. A north/south band of heavy snow developed over Lake Michigan Sunday evening and moved inland, accompanied by heavy snow and winds gusting to 30-40 mph. The band came onshore in Berrien Co. about mid-evening and reached Grand Rapids around 5 am. Look at the cold air coming into Michigan from Wisconsin. Here’s current Michigan temperatures. Temperatures and wind chills are dropping. Here’s a national weather map…look how cold it is in the central U.S. Check out the updated threads below this one, too. Here’s the NAM model 84-hour snowfall and the GFS 120-hour snowfall. Keep watching WOOD-TV and coming here to www.woodtv.com for the latest on the snow and cold. I anticipate lots of closings/cancellations again on Tuesday.
Links: Grand Rapids radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s the College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, GFS snowfall for the next 120 hours and NAM model snowfall for the next 84 hours. the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, and a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Check out Storm Total Precipitation (until they reset it). Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the Maranatha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington, the weather station at Manistee Harbor and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan wind gusts from MesoWest, data from the MAWN agriculutural weather stations and Weather Underground (data at the bottom from private weather stations). Check out the webcam at Krupp’s Resort, where they are pushing toward 3 feet of snow on the ground. Check out the cold temps. on the U.S. Low Temperature map. Here’s the morning run of the NAM forecast snow amounts. Here’s a live look at the Houghton Bridge.
Here’s the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map. We continue to watch for ice jams on Michigan rivers as the cold air continues. Here’s some river water temps. Check out our new Lakes and Rivers Webpage.