Wednesday Snow

January 22nd, 2014 at 3:49 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

Local    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 MAup to 11″ in New York City and up to 13″ in New Jersey7+” 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.

26 Responses to “Wednesday Snow”

  1. Dan says:

    It looks like an inch or two of snow through today! Then, an inch or three with Friday’s event. How about the lake enhancement with this on Friday? More snow chances through next week! Woo hoo! Could you imagine if the Superbowl was being played this Sunday? I think, the weather conditions would favor Seattle. Winter is getting cranked up again to take us into some record setting areas? Maybe?

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

      a ‘woo-hoo’ for two inches?

  2. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

    If it’s going to be cold, might as well snow. :)

  3. jerry hoag says:

    WOW, it is only going to be in the teens for the whole 8 day forecast…..and beyond……………………………………………>>>>>>>>>>> Til whenever…who knows til April?????? LOL…..Did we go back in time to the 70″s????? LOL….

    I told all my friends back in October that I predicted 90 to 100 inches of snow for the Greater Grand Rapids area this year….Well it looks like it is right on, so far!!!!!

    I was surprised though too when I got my gas bill yesterday, it went up only by 15.00 dollars!!!!!!! I WAS SHOCKED!!!!! I thought maybe it would go up by 35.00 dollars. But hey I am very thankful for this!!!!!!!

    Well everyone stay warm and enjoy this snow!!!!! I just hope for the 2nd of February through the 5th of February there are no major storms, cause I am flying out to Minnesota for my transplant workups, and follow ups. The planes I will be flying in are only small planes, up to 6 seaters. So you can see my concern. Thanks for all your support and prayers.

    1. Jevon Murphy (Chicago) says:

      Well Jerry, now that you say that there will be, lol!!!

    2. Wswplz says:

      God bless and have a safe and trouble free procedure.

  4. Jevon Murphy (Chicago) says:

    I just about nailed the forecast for today when I posted my extended forecast the other day (not trying to brag or anything, just glad that I was accurate)!

    1. dj2450 says:

      Everyone appreciates an accurate forecast. Nice! What do you expect for Friday and Saturday?

    2. Wswplz says:

      Hey it always nice when we get it, no need to qualify!! How is our long-term look, and that baby Texas Hooker out in the pacific, any progress ???

  5. fixxxer says:

    I cant wait till our first 80 degree day.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:


      1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

        I’m so done with this winter already, BRING ON SPRING! I will have to side with Fixxxer and say PLEASE no repeat of 2009 or worse!

    2. Wswplz says:

      Hey everyone just chill out and enjoy the winter, it will be less painful that way, embrace it…….then when spring arrives we will have some major Booomers for everyone….

  6. INDY says:

    Any day now we go up hill right travass don’t get to warm with that thought!! INDYY……

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      It’s great to see that Travis is constantly in your head. Probably can’t handle any other thoughts in that pea sized brain right Undyy.

      1. yooper4021 says:

        Have a nice day!

  7. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Wow it’s cold this morning. And it looks like this cold will stay around for at least another week. Not happy about it, but whatcha gonna do?

    Oh, and another gutsy win for State. Keep grinding out those wins. The next three of four are going to really show where they’re at. GO GREEN.

  8. INDY says:


    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      For once Indy you might be right on this one. For some areas it could be the best shot of Blizzard like conditions (if it plays out) we have had so far this winter.

  9. Beth says:

    So I am hearing about a propane shortage and we are burning through it pretty rapidly when it is this cold. How are LP supplies in this area? Anyone know?

    1. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

      I agree I’m down to 30% I want to hold out as long as I can hopefully the price drops a little from current prices.

  10. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    As we head into the 10 days of January we know for sure that this snow cover will stick around and we should add at least several inches more to it. And did I mention it will be cold. If ever thing plays out there very well could be Blizzard like conditions is parts of West Michigan come Friday. So stay tuned on that. (still too early to pull this string on that) But with the wind and any new snow fall there could be some issues. As of now I have light snow falling and a temp here of +11°
    As we head into February and a potential “battle ground” set up of warming air to our south and cold air to the north we will have to see if we are in the “battle zone” or if that “zone” sets up to our south or north. Not to say it will happen this year but for some reason when Lake Eire freezes over low like to track near Toledo we shall see if that happens this year or not.

  11. Jack says:

    north of a line from Saugatuck to Bit Rapids.  Lol..Where The Heck is ” BIT” Rapids ?? Bill !!!

  12. Jess says:

    Only 3 more months of winter!

  13. Joy says:

    Had just shy of 11 inches of snow in my 1/4 mile drive at 5 tonight (that’s not including the 2 ft drifts). My son plowed it at 5:30 pm. I just walked the dogs up our drive and we have another 4+ inches as of 9 pm tonight!!! I measured both times with a ruler! So maybe Grand Haven supposedly got about 5 or so inches officially, but we got a LOT more here right on the lakeshore just south of GH by Rosey Mound. Son is gonna have to plow again before he goes to bed!! Maybe looking at a school delay in the a.m.? Plows having trouble keeping up with this steady snow!

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