Weds. PM – Snow-Covered Roads

February 4th, 2014 at 8:29 pm by 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. TurnpikeAt 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 ArkansasSame 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.

181 Responses to “Weds. PM – Snow-Covered Roads”

  1. Diesel says:

    Cannonsburg has been center target for most of the snow so far this winter. 7.4″ inches officially and rising!

  2. INDY says:

    LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW!!!! First time ever that I can remember having a white turkey day x-mas new years day and valentines day!!! will ester have snow on the ground good bet!!! INDYY

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Are you kidding? We’ll still have snow on the ground on Mother’s Day….LOL!!!!

      1. INDY says:

        lololololo! INDY!!

  3. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Seeing a lot of reports of 3” I am wondering where my snow fall came from! I took several measurements and came in at a little over 4” and there were several 6+ inch new drifts in the driveway. Still getting light snow and blowing snow here and the temp is now 18°

    1. Michael g (se gr) says:

      Up around 4″ here as well.

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      We’re over 4″ now too.

    3. BigCountry(Wyoming, MI) says:

      I also measured 4″ at 7am

    4. Wswplz says:

      I think if you draw a line across the middle of Kent County out east in line with say flint( maybe slightly north)….seams like a about 4″ around that line and to the south it progressively increases a little as you go south and south east…4-5″…5-6″+…..then above that area 2-4…and 1-3

    5. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Just saw a spotter report for Lansing on the NWS website for 5.5″. I can believe that.

  4. dano (Norton Shores) says:

    About 3″ here in Norton Shores. Kind of a surprise, was just expecting a dusting…

  5. ML (Rockford) says:

    Has to be at least 4″ here, lots of drifting too. Still coming down hard.

  6. Yup (Grandville) says:

    We had a solid 4″ of snow at my house.

  7. Reid (Schoolcraft) says:

    so, how is the weather event for this weekend looking?

    1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

      weather underground has been right on, on the last two for me and they are calling for 60%, 1-3 Saturday night in Montcalm County. So I’m not expecting much unless that goes to 3-5 which I doubt will.

      1. suehelen says:

        Yep. Weather Underground has done a great job with their forecasting for Montcalm county, right along with the NWS.

        1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

          I don’t ever find it consistent with other models but the last two have been spot on.

        2. suehelen says:

          It now has my area at an inch for Saturday night. I hope it stays that way.

  8. Red in Allegan Co. says:

    Daughter driving from Warren to Auburn Hills said 696 and 75 are both moving in slow motion. Around 8 – 15 MPH. Whiteout conditions over there and Baker didn’t cancel.

  9. INDY says:


    1. Wswplz says:

      Looks like it’s going to be awhile until we’re running hot laps at The Yard……strictly cold and snow at this time….I’m always happier when I wake up to snow….

  10. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    3 inches here. Not expecting much more. Just flurries now. Going to Cadillac in a bit. Don’t believe its snowing there. Looks like Mecosta county to the north is clear.

  11. Michael g (se gr) says:

    First 4.5 days of February in GR, 9* below normal, ~8″ of snow. Or as Travis says, “seasonal”.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      You know the game by now.

  12. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Still snowing like crazy over here. It is piling up.

  13. Ryan (Grand Haven) says:

    Just shoveled a good 5″ here in GH. About double what I had expected

  14. Mike (southeast Berrien county) says:

    I luv this deep, deep snowpack we have right now, but I think it’s about time to trade the ole’ convertible in for a 4×4. :-)

  15. INDY says:

    Looks like a snow storm for Sunday over west Michigan coming!!! INDYY

    1. Reid (Schoolcraft) says:

      whats the potential of it??

    2. John (Norton Shores) says:

      INDY, only looks like a 3-6″ event right now

  16. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

    Wow…shocked again. After it is done snowing in Muskegon, THEN the GRR NWS issues Winter Weather Advisories for Montcalm county and eastward. Many areas of Muskegon County got Advisory amounts. Sigh…

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      I got 4 inches at my house, by the way, right on the Muskegon/Ottawa County line.

  17. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    This is the first time all winter I can’t get an accurate snowfall measurement. I’ve received somewhere between 3 and 6 inches, but I have yet to find a nondrifted spot yet.

    1. Brenda (Otsego) says:

      Saturday was the only day I could get an accurate snow measurement all season!

      1. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

        Yes, Saturday’s snow was perfect snow to measure. Not so much today.

        1. Red in Allegan Co. says:

          I think we are close to six Travis.

        2. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

          It sure looks that way just based on how much higher my snow depth is. It’s just very hard to get an accurate measurement here with the wind.

  18. Red in Allegan Co. says:

    Daughter made it to school 45 min. late and her teacher wasn’t even there yet. So Baker in Auburn Hills just closed for the day due to inclement weather.

  19. INDY says:


    1. DrJ (Kalamazoo) says:

      details? links?

  20. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

    Picked up just under 4 inches of snow here. Have 19 inches on the ground. Time to shovel and plow AGAIN.

  21. Brian(Grandville) says:

    I just watched a squirrel completely struggle through the deep snow to get to its tree.

    1. Brenda (Otsego) says:

      Saw an opossum struggling like that last week. My dog was on a leash, otherwise she would have ended the struggle.

      1. yooper4021 says:

        Yeah, I had one of those varmints under my bird feeder last weekend. Too bad my 22 was up at camp, or would have been possum stew for dinner.

        1. Brenda (Otsego) says:

          I hope they taste better than they look :)

  22. Judy (Fennville) says:

    3-4″ SE of Fennville as of 6am this morning. I see there is yet another semi and car accident at Tulip City Truck Stop…but yet it’s not considered a dangerous enough area to put in a light. Hopefully nobody was injured.

    1. snowlover Wayland says:

      My parents live near Sherwood OH and received 16″ of snow. For them, it may just well have been 3 feet. They are under a Level 3 snow emergency and factories are closed, etc.

      1. Brenda (Otsego) says:


      2. suehelen says:

        That’s a good amount of snow. LOL

  23. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    I finally found a flat nondrifted area, and we received 5.5″. We have a snow depth of 23-24″. I’m up to 10.5″ for February, and 115″ for the winter.

  24. Katie in Kentwood says:

    I don’t think the snow will melt until July!! lol

    1. snowlover Wayland says:

      Which is about when kids will be getting out of school for the summer! :)

  25. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    I just went around my property and field and took measurements. It’s 23.5″ 25′ from our house. A little farther into our yard its 28″. My field ranged from 24-30″ snow depth. The snow is up to my thigh, and its hard layered snow as well.

  26. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    4.5 inches up here in ROCKFORD! WHo knew? Another RDB model BINGO!! On Monday everyone had given up on this storm and said it looks like a dry week! On Monday night I said the low would move North and GR would get 3-5 inches of SNOW!!! Imagine that!

  27. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    If this is our dry week I would love to see a SNOWY week!

    BEST WINTER EVER! I am heading out to the trails! ROCKING in ROCKFORD baby!

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      It looks like we MAY be heading back into a clipper pattern…but not as locked in as it has been…meaning a little more flexible, with possible southern systems popping up here.

      I’d love to have some more clippers with some lake enhanced SW flow. :)

    2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Finally! Can Muskegon actually be the “hot spot” from a system this winter?! :P

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Bring it!

  28. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Keep the COLD and SNOW coming in wave after wave. I am making ski trip plans for Boyne MT for the first week of APRIL! I love it!

  29. Wswplz says:

    Some day we will get a direct hit….this storm was much more substantial then the last one, (over the weekend )however it was 100 miles further south….I still got my fingers crossed that we will get in the middle of one before winter passes…soaking every last bit out of these phenomenal winter….

  30. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Looks like another clipper system for Sunday, this has been a big year for clippers! :)

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      I agree – it looks cold with one clipper after another! SNOW, SNOW and more SNOW is on the way. Just think we may have another 6 weeks of this COLD and SNOW! FANTASTIC weather!

  31. Kevin (Marshall) says:

    5.2″ of snowfall in Marshall today. Nearly 11 inches in the past four days.

  32. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    I wonder has anyone noticed that we in a COLD and SNOWY pattern with no change in sight! Week after week we have below average temps and above average SNOW! How could it possibly get any better than this?

    Get ready to ROCK n ROLL people! SNOW, COLD and more SNOW is on the way! INCREDIBLE!

    1. mk says:

      It doesn’t get any better deer piling up can’t see to pull out into the road. Maybe some more roof collapse!! Perfect winter

  33. Bald Eagle (Montague) says:

    Dusting is all I got today. Very sharp cut off on the snow, being I work in Muskegon & they got a couple inches.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Head on down to SW Lower MI if you want fresh SNOW!!!

    2. John (Norton Shores) says:

      We got three inches here

      1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

        4 to 5 inches over here in Spring Lake/Fruitport area. John, if you want to live in a snowy part of the Norton Shores/Muskegon area, the area I live in often gets a lot!

        1. John (Norton Shores) says:

          Sure brag :P

  34. DF (SE Mich) says:

    5″ at my home over here today. Not bad.

  35. suehelen says:

    No big snow storm on the 10th?

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