Southern Snow and Ice

January 28th, 2014 at 9:42 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

snow Alabama crimson tide   snow alabama ship karen connersnow alabama birmingham   Left pic. from NBC15 showing the snowy home of the Alabama Crimson Tide.  Here’s South Carolina’s football stadium.   Middle  picture is snow on the deck of the USS Alabama at Mobile Harbor (from NWS Mobile facebook page).  Right pic. from NBC15 is abandoned cars on the expressway near Birmingham, Alabama.  Click on the pictures to enlarge.   We had at least a trace of snow today in Houston and Galveston, Texas – Baton Rogue, Louisiana – and Pensacola and Mary Esther, Florida.  Sleet fell at Victoria and San Antonio, Texas.  Sleet fell in New Orleans and 3″ of snow fell in the towns of Chunky, Zero and Increase – Alabama (yeah, those are real town names).  Alexandria, LA, breaks a 110-year-old record with 1.2″ of snow.   I-10 from the New Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge to New Orleans is closed  Georgia DOT urges motorists to stay off of highways.   AL Gov. Robert Bentley activates 350 National Guardsmen and urges residents to stay off roads if at all possible.     Lots of pictures here.   Pictures of massive traffic jams in Atlanta here.    The picture here was taken at 3 am – some people have sat virtually still for 6-12+hours!  Here’s I-65 in Birmingham.  Note the cars that have slid off the road on the ice.  Cars can’t get up hills and it creates massive traffic jams.  Concrete barriers in the median, so no place to turn around.  People are abandoning their vehicles. Check out the “Welcome to Florida” sign amid the snow!  National Guard mobilized in GA and AL.   6″ new snow at Virginia Beach – only 20 deg.

34 Responses to “Southern Snow and Ice”

  1. ER From GR says:

    1st!

    1. Jack says:

      “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”. Stay cued !!

      1. SW Kent says:

        A great quote from the Lord!

        1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          Indeed!

  2. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

    http://www.emc.ncep.noaa.gov/mmb/mmbpll/dgexops.conus/eta.totsnow192.gif Moving North latest run of the DGEX. Scary scenario.

  3. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    2 degrees here with a wind chill of -17. Already 2 degrees below the expected low… This will be interesting. I should also mention it is snowing at a pretty good clip, but definitely nothing near heavy. (I am going by NWS forecasts and reports, not WOODTV because their website won’t work still.)

    1. WswPlz says:

      Where is Forrest hills? Your getting some decent snow, even with the flakes being so small?

      1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

        Well I’m close to Forest hills… So my location is basically south of Grand Rapids.

        1. WswPlz says:

          K, gotcha….

  4. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Roads are horrible here, it has been snowing all day and blowing, at this point I wouldn’t expect very many schools to be open tomorrow, wind chills are also bad

    1. SW Kent says:

      What is your snow depth John?

    2. John (Norton Shores) says:

      Exactly 2 feet, 24″

    3. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      The roads are indeed awful. Come over to the Fruitport area. We have about 30 inches!

  5. Brett says:

    Wind chill warning now till 10am! Most schools will likely be closed tomorrow

    1. Glenn (Portage) says:

      where do you go?

    2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Wow, I thought for sure there would be school tomorrow…not so sure now. Buy, oh, boy….as a teacher, this really stumps me on what I am going to remove from my lesson plans for this trimester!

      1. John (Norton Shores) says:

        Yeah I don’t think very many schools will be open in west Michigan alone tomorrow, too cold!

  6. Brett says:

    I have wind chill of -20 here in rockford

  7. Ryan (Rockford) says:

    That picture on the right almost doesn’t look real! Not saying it’s fake, but I’m trying to figure out how the cars got in the positions they did, and whether there was any traffic moving. I know they aren’t used to snow (although it’s not unheard of by any means in Birmingham), but I can’t believe 3 inches would cause that type of catastrophe!

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Yeah, I was thinking that too. I think it was from cars who tried to go around others and then got stuck too. The pictures I’ve seen of Atlanta are the same. I have friends coming home from Florida who were going through Atlanta at JUST the wrong time. They have been sitting on the highway there for 6 hours!

  8. yooper4021 says:

    GRR NWS
    UPDATE ISSUED AT 1015 PM EST TUE JAN 28 2014

    ONLY CHANGE TO THE CURRENT HEADLINES WILL BE TO EXTEND THE WIND CHILL WARNING THROUGH 10 AM WED. TEMPS WILL MODERATE BY THEN AND WIND CHILL READINGS WILL COME OUT OF THE DOUBLE DIGITS BELOW ZERO.

    AS EXPECTED THE LAKE EFFECT HAS PERKED UP THIS EVENING WITH THE SHORT WAVE APPROACHING. FEEL THE PEAK SNOWFALL SHOULD COME OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS…THEN A DIMINISHING TREND AFTER 06Z. THE 7 AM ENDING TIME TO THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY STILL LOOKS OK. STILL ONLY EXPECTING AN ADDITIONAL INCH OR TWO…BUT WITH THE FINE NATURE OF THE SNOW AND GUSTS OF 20-25 MPH OVERNIGHT…WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEE BLOWING AND DRIFTING.

    1. Toro 99 says:

      Wow! What an uptick in lake effect! Uh, oh, wait a minute….. Virtually no LE this afternoon/evening.

      1. Cort S. says:

        http://weather.cod.edu/satrad/nexrad/index.php?type=GRR-N0Q-1-48

        You can see the upper-level wave moving through in this animation… it caused a little bit of wavering in the orientation of the lake-effect bands. Lake effect did in fact pick up a little bit in the late afternoon and evening, though it never heavy. It has since returned to flurries on the backside of the wave.

  9. I see they extended the wind chill warning till 10am

  10. Cort S. says:

    On the other side of the coin… Alaska is dealing with record highs (to be expected with this extremely wavy jet stream over North America). A big snow load from a barrage of snowstorms earlier this season, now under stress from temperatures well above freezing, lead to a big avalanche near Valdez… check it out!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WjQ9GCUSH4

  11. Jacob G says:

    So looking right now that most model suites are pointing to a major snow storm for IN, IL, MO, OH, PA and maybe northern KY for early to mid next week. With the snow pack building south of us I am feeling a bit more confident Feb will average below to possibly much below normal temps. Looking out on GFS and GEM still show some mighty cold air coming into week 2 into Feb. Good news is west coast starts to get some moisture into the picture. I think we need to wait for the classic Colorado low to spin up later in the month of Feb into Mar. Look for us to go over 100″ for the season in Feb with the ice on the Lake peaking mid-March with at least 1994 levels.

  12. Paul says:

    Bill,

    If you can, Detroit (Romulus) is at 38.3 inches of snow for the month of January! The snowiest month EVER in Detroit (Romulus) history is 38.4? This means they are just 1/10th of an inch away from tying the record if these numbers are correct. That is amazing!

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      US National Weather Service Detroit / Pontiac Michigan:

      We may break some more snowfall records with the Thursday Night forecast snow. As of Jan 28, Detroit has had 38.3 inches of snow for the month. The snowiest month on record at Detroit is 38.4 inches (Feb 1908). Flint has had 32.6 inches so far this month. The record is 35.3 inches (Dec 2000). Saginaw has only had 15.6 inches this month, a long way from their record of 40.3 inches (Dec 2000).

  13. Brett says:

    Rockford closed! Sorry Kyle and Nathan your schools are still open!

    1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      actually its closed lol

    2. fixxxer says:

      Yay for kids on this blog. These are our future leaders folks, take a good look.

  14. Julie says:

    Our daughter lives in Atlanta and was caught in that traffic snarl all afternoon and into the evening yesterday! Her company closed early – around 1:30 pm. She works north of town and had to travel to the south side – and never made it home. It wasn’t just the snow (and Georgian’s not knowing how to drive in it),everyone left around the same time and the roads had a glaze of ice with the snow. Cars,busses and trucks were spinning out of control and creating havoc. She has friends living in downtown Atlanta so she found a place to leave her car and walked a couple miles to their place for the night. That was after literally sitting in that gridlock for over 6 hours and not moving more than a mile. If we had a nightmare of an interchange like the one Atlanta calls “spaghetti junction” we might see the same kind of thing. You just can’t put that many cars and icy roads together without seeing some kind of trouble.

    1. Wacky Red ( Allendale ) says:

      I also have family in Ga. what a nightmare it is down there. Glad your daughter is safe mine too are safe and sound.

      1. brian from atlanta says:

        i grew up in west MI, Ludington, learned to drove for 25 years there. Now I have been living in ATL for 17 years. we just had the absolute worst timing… GEMA/Govt did not heed the NWS watches and warnings which were out well in time so no pretreatment. Everyone left work and school at 1230 pm exactly when the first flakes were falling. that alone, 4 million cars hitting the streets at the same time is a nightmare. Throw in (a recored for the date) 2.5″ of snow in the next 1-2 hours and it was the perfect recepe for disaster. my sister was in her car for 11.5 hours for her normal 45 min commute. I was stranded at work for 26 hours, working the entire night since the night shift could not make it. the drive home the next morning was the most horrific drive of my life and that is saying someting after driving MI winters for 25 years. thousands of trucks, busses, cars abandoned. traffic coming toward me on I75 south, had to follow National Guard into ATL just to navigate around the abandoned accidents and cars, tractor-trailers taking up several lanes, etc. was a fire truck with snow chains spin out and go off the road on the wayto an accident. They had to grab their gear and run down the road to the crash. .Wow. Never experienced anything like it. i am a snow lover but wish snow could be banned south of the Ohio River for the rest of this winter.

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