Slick Roads Weds. AMJanuary 14th, 2014 at 2:15 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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 CEO. Accu-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.