Weds. PM – Snow-Covered RoadsFebruary 4th, 2014 at 8:29 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Snow has tapered off to a few scattered flurries, mainly along the Indiana border. There is a very weak lake-effect band heading down into Chicago, but nothing more than flurries (there’s a lot of ice on Lake Michigan now). We’ll see some breaks and thin spots in the clouds this PM with flurries later tonight and tomorrow as the wind turns off Lake Michigan, but a dusting to an inch is the most likely accumulation. No end to the cold. High temperatures over the next week will average about 10° colder than average. The current storm with snow & ice covers about 1.2 million square mi of the country. Also, could Thurs. be one of the top ten coldest mornings in the U.S. in the last 50 years. 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. Here’s Closings.
WOW! Snow in the Sahara Desert (S. Algeria)!! Bad accident on the Penn. Turnpike. At least one fatality. Numerous severe accidents have closed sections of I-70 and I-68 in Maryland in both directions. NYC had 8 inches of snow yesterday. Much of NE gets another 6-12 11.4″ of rain (and counting) since Sunday at Kowanyama, Australia. Nearly 60,000 customers without power after ice storm in Arkansas. Same story in Kentucky. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declares state of emergency in his state due to winter storm. Heaviest snow going south of us: 5″ of snow fell in 2 hours at New Lexington, Ohio, reports NWS spotter. Not cold enough for ya: It was -74 F (-59 C) Tuesday night in Suhana, Russia. 2-3 foot snow drifts in Kansas…band of +8″ from Kansas to New England. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh declares a Snow Emergency. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback declares a state of emergency for his state.