Winter Storm Warning and AdvisoryJanuary 22nd, 2014 at 7:29 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Van Buren Co. just added to the Winter Storm Warning! Up to 3 feet of snow on the ground – north lakeshore. Moderate to heavy snow band continues in W. Ottawa, Allegan and Van Buren Counties. Pic. is an ambulance that rolled in Muskegon Co. Two paramedics, a mother and child inside – all properly restrained – no significant injuries – good idea to use those seatbelts in weather like this. Picture from Eagle Towing. Look at the surface map and you can see a lot of cold air. . A 10-mile stretch of I-196 in Allegan County was closed due to numerous crashes. Weds. US 31 was closed in Muskegon due to several crashes. Winter Storm Warning is now in effect until 1 pm for Ottawa, Allegan and Van Buren Counties. Winter Weather Advisory continues in effect 7 am for Muskegon, Oceana and Mason Counties and until 7 am tomorrow (Thu.). for Berrien and Cass Counties. Kalamazoo Co. has been added to the Winter Weather Advisory until 1 pm. The Advisory is until 10 am for St. Joseph, Branch and Hillsdale Counties. Snowfall reports: 14″ five miles west-southwest of Bridgeton in far SW Newaygo Co., 12″ Spring Lake, 11 Fruitport, 10″ Grand Haven, 8″ Norton Shores,, 7.5″ Zeeland, 6-7″ near Fremont, Muskegon and Hesperia, 5″ New Era (Oceana Co.), 4″ Zeeland and Ludington. In the U.P., we have a Lake-Effect Snow Warning for the Keweenaw Peninsula for 4-8″ of snow plus considerable blowing and drifting and a Lake-Effect Snow Advisory for much of the rest of the U.P. At 7 pm – Houghton was 3 above zero with a north wind at 25 mph gusting to 36 mph. They reported heavy snow, blowing and drifting snow and a wind chill of -20! The Emergency Manager in Keweenaw Co. said “all roads are closed – stay home”.
It was very cold where skies were clear Tues. night. Ann Arbor dipped to -18 this morning. Alpena dropped to -21. MODIS picture today (1/22) of ice forming in Lake Ontario. Check out the ice halo from Ontario.
MODEL UPDATE: The big story is the relentless Arctic attack! The morning run of the GFS plot has highs of 12 for Thurs. (with a little sun), low-mid teens most of Friday with a very strong southwest wind (up 27 mph with blowing and drifting and tough travel)…we get snow starting Fri. PM…and 2-5″ looks possible (highest lakeshore counties), we go up to he upper 20′s briefly Fri. night, then back into the low teens by late Sat. with a stiff wind. Sunday the model has a high for G.R. of 11 with another 1-3″ of snow…the highs for Mon./Tue./Wed. are 10, 10, 9 and we get lake-effect snow each day. We crawl up to 22 Thu. before the next Arctic surge. The NAM model is probably overdoing the snow, but has an 84-hour snowfall total of nearly a foot for Ludington to a little over an inch for Mt. Pleasant.
Average temperature for the Lower 48 states at 10 am EST today (Weds.) was 22 degrees. At the same time, the average temperature in Alaska was 24 degrees!! Coldest relative to average for the next week centered from N. Plains, thru Great Lakes and Ohio Valley to the East Coast. Wisconsin, Illinois border area more than 28 deg. below average!! Joe Bastardi Tweet: “2 CROSS POLAR AIR MASSES WILL HIT US NEXT WEEK. Current air masses not as cold as whats coming. Different source region.”