Slick Roads Weds. AM

January 14th, 2014 at 2:15 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local  advisory   The latest from GRR NWS:  “Several inches of snow expected late tonight into Thursday night with highest impacts along and west of US 131, especially from Holland and GR to the north.   *More widespread snow moves in by daybreak Thursday along lakeshore *Some blowing snow is possible along E/W roads during day, N/S at night *Morning/evening commutes impacted especially for US 31 / US 131 / I-96 *Generally 3″-5″ along the lakeshore with amounts around 6″ possible *Inland east of US 131, 1″-3″ is generally expected *High temps near to slightly below 32, low temps in low 20s *S/SW winds gusting to 20-25 mph shifting W by Thursday night.”   They may put the counties from MKG north in a Winter Weather Advisory.    Check out this video of a tornado in Bali coming right overhead!  Run for a lower floor guys!!   VERY slick roads in places this morning.  We have temps. down in the mid 20s with wind chills down around 10-15.    It was windy overnight with gusts  to 47 mph at the S. Haven Lighthouse, 40 mph in Battle Creek and Holland, 38 mph at the Benton Harbor Airport and 36 mph in Gr. Rapids.  A lake-effect snow band formed and clipped Mason and Oceana Counties, then came into Allegan Co., where several inches of snow has fallen and roads are snow covered and slippery.  The snow band/general snow flurries and snow showers will persist this morning and diminish some this afternoon.  Here’s local radar and regional radar.   The Winter Weather Advisory (counties in purple on the map) runs to 1 PM.   Here’s the latest GRR NWS discussion.   Also:  Super Bowl Sunday looking real cold for much of the country east of the Rockies, inc. the weather for Michigan and the big game.   I’ve mentioned this before, but the last week of Jan. should be quite cold…GFS hits at at least a couple mornings with below zero temps. in Lower MI. 

Temperature departure from average for Jan. 1-13:  Grand Rapids -5.2, Kalamazoo -7.0, Lansing -8.9, Chicago -9.2.

In other news…the Weather Channel is off Direct TV – here’s a statement from their CEOAccu-Weather is launching a TV Weather Channel.    Mt. Sinabung continues to erupt in Indonesia.   Monday was the windiest day ever in Billings, Montana – average wind 33 mph.    Nice homemade ice skating rink.

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 agricultural 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.

346 Responses to “Slick Roads Weds. AM”

  1. Nicole (Otsego) says:

    Thanks Bill and Brenda! Always leave myself extra time (not a big fan of driving in the snow/ice) because I have quite a long drive to work. (Usually 30min in ideal conditions and has been taking me about and hour). If anyone else happens to venture out in my area tonight and/or early tomorrow morning, would appreciate any road condition updates. :) p.s. Absolutely LOVE this blog, as I am a newcomer and have found so much of the information extremely helpful and well as good for a laugh with some of the wild and fun personalities! So big thanks to all! :)

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Welcome, Nicole. It is a great blog, with a lot of personality, and diversity. There will be strong opinions, drama, and everything else you could imagine with a public forum. Take it with a grain of salt.

      1. Todd In Nunica says:

        And dont forget to pull up your B.S. boots from time to time, it can get REAL thick in here…lmao

        1. Nicole (Otsego) says:

          LMAO! I’ve noticed that Todd! But a little entertainment in the midst of good info, sounds like a great mix to me :) hahaha!

  2. Matt (Spring Lake) says: we got stuck in the dry slot AGAIN…just keep circling around us, stupid system.

    1. Todd In Nunica says:

      Yea im bout to just give up, go lay down a bunch of salt and come go to bed……if it snows late in the night …..well most are behind paying anyway…lmao

      Heck almost looks like thats the lake effect band slowly swinging around to hit the far sw corner. it sure does not seem to want to pull East…..

      1. Todd In Nunica says:

        it REALLY looks to be drying up across the lake, last few radar pics seems to be getting way smaller (less green)

      2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

        Makes sense why the NWS doesn’t put Muskegon in advisories. We get missed to the south, missed to the north, missed to the west…lol

    2. John says:

      Matt we are not the only ones being missed, to the south of us al well

      1. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

        Suck it, John.

    3. Todd In Nunica says:

      Well just got back, it sure is windy, roads are not that bad (main roads) salt is working nice and the fact we only got a little snow. I consulted the weather rock but he was too busy laughing at me……….. :)

  3. Nicole (Otsego) says:

    Anyone have a “guesstimate” on kzoo snow totals before 10am?

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Best guess would be 1-3 inches.

      1. WswPlz says:

        Here is to no snow and cold…. Heat wave!!!

        1. WswPlz says:

          Get your sun tan oil, lounge chairs and sun glasses everyone.

        2. WswPlz says:

          Sorry bad dream, that would be a Travisty . Que blizzard!!!

        3. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

          West South West Please GFYS.

        4. WswPlz says:

          It’s winter storm warning please, at least get that part right. Not sure why your upset. I actually want snow and cold. It was a joke from an earlier conversation. I will hold back and be an adult, which clearly you have had a lapse.

        5. WswPlz says:

          Or maybe you haven’t had a lapse and just can’t help yourself. Either way, it is what it is. At least now you can get the name correct.:)

  4. Ethan G says:

    Anyone have and idea on how much snow Grand Rapids/Forest Hills would get overnight?

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

    We are finally getting moderate snow here. It took until about 11:30PM, but its finally here. If we got a decent amount I could see some problems with drifting since this snow has a nice icy snow base to blow off of.

  6. Nicole (Otsego) says:

    Snowing at a pretty good clip here in southern Otsego!

    1. Nicole (Otsego) says:

      About 1/4″ at 12:50

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

    Inch of snow since 11PM, and still coming down at a good clip.

  8. Jack says:

    Yeah, The Radar got some ” Darker Blues” in your Neck of The Woods…I see & say ENJOY!! Is it Wet Snow ( Big Flakes) Travis U. ?? STAYIN Cued .. ;-)

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

    Big flakes, but its a drier snow. Blowing around with the strong swirling winds. It’s definitely a nice surprise.

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

      Oops, that was suppose to be in response to Jack.

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

    It looks like the lake effect is starting to set up now. I’m up to 2″, and its snowing hard right now. Looking like around the Allegan area is getting hammered. About 1″/hr snowfall rates right now.

  11. Dan says:

    Wow went to bed last night and we kind of had a mixture of freezing rain and rain falling at the time. Went out this am and there is about an inch of snow of fell. The winds are whipping! I bet temp dropped by about 10 degrees! Winter welcome back! Will you stay awhile? Hope so!

  12. Dan says:

    *that fell

  13. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Yesterday was my 5th consecutive day of double digit above average temps. Looks like that streak ends today.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      And yet you’re almost -5 for the month.

  14. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Cool tornado vid!

  15. Judy (Fennville) says:

    About 3″ southeast of Fennville. I guess AC decided to not plow secondary roads because 118th was not plowed and M-89 was bad too. Got on US-131 and had to stop near someone who had lost control and hit guard wires (and totally messed up the front of their truck – that’s what you get when you have 4WD and think you can go faster than the people creeping along – at least they didn’t take out anyone else). Almost couldn’t get traction to start up again, so at that point, I decided that D Avenue sounded a lot better…and then work my way down to West Main. I’ll take the back way home too…just don’t need the stress of bad roads and high volume traffic.

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