Winter Storm Watch – for 6″ or more of new snow!

January 23rd, 2014 at 1:52 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

Winter Storm Graphic wktv   A Winter Storm Watch (which will eventually become at least a Winter Storm Warning) has been issued for  OTTAWA-ALLEGAN-VAN BUREN, MASON-LAKE-OSCEOLA-OCEANA-NEWAYGO-MECOSTA-MUSKEGON-MONTCALM-KENT, IONIA, BARRY- and KALAMAZOO Counties from Fri. AM thru Sat. AM for 6″ or more new snow, plus considerable blowing and drifting snow, greatly reducing visibilities and causing significant travel concerns.  An eventual Blizzard Warning is not impossible with this event.  The entire area will be under a Wind Chill Advisory from 10 PM tonight thru at least 1 PM tomorrow.   Watch Kyle and I with team coverage on tonight’s 5 PM news.

Look at how cold the GFS is for next Tues. AM (-20 to -25 in Chicago and Milwaukee!!).

59 Responses to “Winter Storm Watch – for 6″ or more of new snow!”

  1. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

    Why are us Indiana bordering Michigan counties not in a Watch yet?

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Different NWS forecast zone, also it may be due to more of a sw flow that usually skips the border counties.

      1. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

        They give me moderate accumulations Friday night. The afternoon update will probably have something.

        1. Brian(Grandville) says:

          Yes, that should tell all of us a lot.

        2. bobby bushay says:

          i seen 8in of new snow today in your MOM

  2. ems1 says:

    I do appreciate following this blog. I work in EMS and am reading this blog constantly always looking ahead to see what we may be facing on the roads. Thanks Bill and to the rest of you for your constant updates on here.

    1. BigCountry(Wyoming, MI) says:

      Thanks for what you do, ems.

  3. ~Sandy~ from DeWitt/Clinton County says:

    I hope Big Joe Bastardi is W-R-O-N-G! LOL

  4. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    If the recent past comes to play then this WSW is dead before it arrives, LOL
    Not sure about the now amounts but all indications are it should get windy. And there will be low wind chills with the winds (if it plays out) but it will get warmer late Friday.

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Starting to write like several others on here that should be snow amounts not now amounts oh well

  5. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    As for the cold in the next few days, we may get colder then some of the models are indicating do not be too surprised if we get into the double digits below zero if the winds go calm and the skies clear.

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Yeah, we haven’t had good nighttime cooling conditions since the 3rd. Any night in the next week or ten days that has a several hour period of clear skies and light winds could quickly get to -10 to -15* in the city, and easily below -20* in the colder outlying areas.

  6. fixxxer says:

    Bill get working on spring please!

    1. Skot says:

      Yes Bill, magic wand us to July Oh Great Moustachioed One.

  7. Roxy (North Holland) says:

    Ok folks. I’m driving to Midland tomorrow for the weekend. Earliest I can leave is noon. Any idea when it will get really nasty? Want to avoid as much of it as possible.

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Leave at noon. You’ll have blowing snow and maybe some light snow between Holland and GR, but once you get out past Lowell, I wouldn’t expect much trouble.

      1. Roxy (North Holland) says:

        Thanks michael g. When do you think it will get bad along the lakeshore/GR area? Have friends leaving at various times, too.

        1. michael g (SE GR) says:

          Kyle showed the snow starting around 1 pm, but the heavier snow with the front is in the evening, maybe 6 or 7 pm to 9 or 10 pm.

  8. Was going to drive from the Alma area to Plainwell Saturday morning but I might not be feeling it LOL

    1. If I do, it won’t be M46 to 131 then south, It will be to Lansing to I94 then west then north.

  9. HBO (Interlochen) says:

    I can’t wait to see all these west Michigan counties light up bright green on the NOAA map for a blizzard watch! Just have to see if they do it this afternoon or hold off. The anticipation mounts! This is how winter is Michigan is supposed to be! If you are not having fun yet, you live in the wrong state. Period.

    1. Jacob G. says:

      A good ole fashioned Michigan winter for sure!

  10. dj2450 says:

    Good day to check out the ice on the Great Lakes using visible satellite. When animated anything white/gray on the map that doesn’t move is ice or snow.

  11. michael g (SE GR) says:

    GFS has us warming up all the way to only about 8* below normal for the first week of February, but with more arctic air lurking to the northwest…

  12. michael g (SE GR) says:

    For what it’s worth (hasn’t been worth much lately) my point forecast gives me 1″, 4″, and 1″ for Fri/night/Sat. I’d take it.

  13. Jack says:

    Looking at Radar The Blue over The Lake,,, LOOKS like Snake !! Kinda Cool in My Opinion ! And as always it Reminded Me of a OLD SONG ! It’s done by AL WILSON & and it’s Title Is….” The Snake” !!! Remember This Song Bill ?? ;-)

  14. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Its so beautiful outside right now!! Im rally enjoying the day before the storm :)

  15. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    As I was expecting, the 2 lakeshore rows of counties are now under a WSW.

    1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      Well its only for 3-6 inches of snow… I think they have a WSW mainly for the combination of wind chills, snow, and blizzard-like conditions. Im not sure if they are being conservative however, because 3 inches is awfully low, especially for areas along/west of US-131 north of Holland.

  16. Brett says:

    Possibility for snow days tomorrow? Wind chills and wsw

    1. Brandon (Caledonia) says:

      It’s tough to call. Depends a lot on the district really. I think the districts that stay open will let out early.

    2. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      Again, most schools are closed tomorrow because we just had exams, so that shouldn’t be a huge problem. Its nice to know that I can finally enjoy a winter storm without having to worry in advance about possibly missing it trapped inside.

  17. INDY says:


  18. Kris says:

    What is the expected timing of the event? Just trying to see if I want to send my kids out to my mom’s in Middleville and then have to drive out there after 2:00 pm.

    1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      It looks like the cold will definitely be a factor, but that shouldn’t affect your driving. (maybe safety) However, the snow and blizzard conditions will begin sometime in the afternoon on Friday. Better details on exactly when the snow begins will be released with the afternoon NWS update. But I am thinking that visibilities will still be bad early on with all of the wind. As for snow-covered roads, that threat develops as you go later and later into the afternoon.

  19. ER From GR says:


    1. INDY says:

      ER from GR is ready!! Keep up with Bills blog going to get crazy on here like tomorrows Blizzard!!INDYY

      1. Jack says:

        Indy..Uncle Jack is READY !!! Aka….. ” The CUE Captian”" of Bills Blog Ship,,,,The winds will blow, and The Snow will Whip::::& We will be “Closer to Home” !! From The CUE CAPTIAN Here ! OLD CLASSIC NOW ! By GRAND FUNK R&R, available ONLY on BILL” Blog…ENJOY !!! INDY :::: ;-)

        1. INDY says:

          I love this song!! INDYY..

        2. Jack says:

          Yeaaaaaa I saw GFRR, back in thee Ole daze !! Thought you’d Like IT !! Maybe I Should CHANGE my Name 2 ” CUE CAPTAIN ” ?? nawww I Don’t want To BECOME a Fake & Shake!! Lol…. Stay CUED!!!! ;-)

    2. John (Norton Shores) says:

      Most of West Michigan? Only for areas west of 131

  20. Only 3″ for people that are inland? Sure thought it would be more than that here in Byron Center. If that’s the case, then YAWN this will be boring

    1. Bobby (Ada) says:

      I think it’s a safe bet to say that the Current 2 Rows of Counties in the Warning, will likely see 5-8″ +

    2. Steve (N Moline) says:

      Remember that the snowbanks on the sides of the roads and corners are quite high right now. 3″ of wind blown snow will plug roads up quite easily.

  21. Lovely Snow says:

    Nathan, what you say about most schools being closed due to exams only applies to those of you that are on semesters. Those schools that are on trimesters are in the middle of things right now. This is one frustration high school and middle school teachers who follow trimesters have with making up snow days at the end of the year. We don’t make up the time where we actually lose it. Once again, it is a well-intended law. The problem is that in practice it doesn’t actually work very well. I hate snow days. I want to get my content taught. I want to make sure my kids are prepared. Most of my colleagues share that view. We are so far behind with the days off before and after Christmas… We don’t need any more snow days!

    1. kevin. w says:

      I’m guessing at least another 10+ schools day to go before its done…And what day are most schools getting out. I hope by the 4th of July.

      1. Im on a semester basis here and I have school. Just sayin.

  22. kevin. w says:

    This kind of pattern reminds me of the heat wave of 2012 which it just kept coming..coming and coming. The cold just keeps coming and coming and not going. Talk to a plumber today at the store and is really getting tired of frozen pipes and now there becoming an issue outside of the house like about 3 feet deep as the cold has penetrated down. I don’t know if its that deep but suspecting that maybe the ground shifts enough to cause a break/or crack in the pipe. Wondering if were all of the sudden going to start seeing main line water breaks. My neighbors got back from southern Florida and actually have seen snow owls as far south as Miami. Now I know its frickin cold out. Can’t wait for Feb/March weather cause I’m betting lots of icestorminess and big snow events before spring gets here. My grandpa who lived to be 99/died around 2000 has always said that when Easter is late so is spring. Easter is April 20th so spring begins in lots of snow and cold through April I guess…Maybe a nice 2014 fall.

    1. Boris says:

      Still seeing the pattern changing like you talked about around a week ago? I see some mets. are saying things will go to a more zonal flow after next week. They said signs are pointing to the west coast ridge finally breaking down. I suppose time will tell.

      1. kevin. w says:

        Most of the ensembles keep this type of pattern going through the next 3 weeks. Operational models want to go semi zonal but I see a good storm coming in the time frame 2/2-2-7. The last 8 models runs go from a storm up the Appalachain mountains to giving us a good dumping. A pattern change storm type event or just a temporary break like the last two storms~icestorm/snowstorm. Don’t know.

        1. Boris says:

          Thank you.

        1. Boris says:

          Thanks again. Like the snow but not the bitter cold.

  23. Ben (Charlotte MI) says:

    Should I plan on a dusting and partly cloudy skies this far inland?

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      I don’t think we’re going to get much accumulation. I think the wind/visibility is going to be the factor(s).

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