Wednesday SnowJanuary 22nd, 2014 at 3:49 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Snow today, developing generally from NW to SE. Accumulations of 1-2″, but 2-4″ in areas where there is lake enhancement, generally north of a line from S. Haven to Big Rapids. Roads will become snow covered and slippery. Temperatures will hold in the teens with wind chill factors around zero.
Model update: For today/tonight’s snow, the NAM (caribou) gives Muskegon 3″, Kalamazoo 1.6″ and those areas east of G.R. around an inch. The European model has 0.09″ precipitation…that’s a solid 2″ for G.R. with more to the northwest. The GFS has 0.16″ or about 3″ for G.R. This will be an overall 1-2″ snow, with lake-enhancement adding an inch or two roughly north of a line from Saugatuck to Bit Rapids. Temperatures in the mid teens today. Even with a southwest wind it can’t warm up much. The high temp. Tues. was 17 in St. Louis and 11 in Des Moines. We may go partly sunny for a while on Thurs., but another cold day. The models have highs in the mid teens (average now is 30). The models print out some decent snow for the Friday – Saturday event. The NAM (caribou) has 7.7″ for Muskegon, 5.2″ for G.R. and 4.8″ for Kalamazoo. The GFS has the temperature rising to the mid-upper 20s Friday night, then falling from 24 to 6 from 7 am to 7 pm. BTW, it’s quite windy on Friday with blowing and drifting snow and wind chills below zero…Saturday is breezy with wind chills dropping below zero for the midday and afternoon. The European model is a touch warmer, with a 31 deg. high Fri. night and a curious secondary peak of 33 on Sunday (the GFS keeps us cold Sun. with a high/low of 12/3. Both models are cold with snow showers Monday and highs again in the mid teens. The GFS has a high/low of 13/0 on Monday, 11/4 on Tuesday, 11/2 on Wednesday and 21/2 on Thursday. Bottom line is the cold and occasionally snowy winter will continue. The GFS model doesn’t have a temperature higher than 30 thru 2/7.
Odds and Ends: Daughter 1 gets another minute on TV (this time with ABC7 in Chicago). She and her fitness program start around 1:30 into the video at the link. Snow totals from N. Indiana: 24″ Griffith (11″ in 2.5 hours!!), 20″ Gary, 16″ Hammond. Northbrook IL had 11.8″. East Coast Storm: Up to a foot of snow in MA…up to 11″ in New York City and up to 13″ in New Jersey…7+” in Baltimore, 3-6″ in Washington D.C. and up to 10″ in Maryland. Snow fell down to Atlanta. Pretty cold last night…at 3 am it was -19 in Alpena, -15 in Ann Arbor…at 10 pm it was -22 on Drummond Is.
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.