Snow Showers/Flurries and Cold

February 8th, 2014 at 10:15 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local   I did a nearly 5-hour meet and greet at the Auto Show Saturday – a number of people mentioned the blog.  EVERYONE wanted to talk about the cold and snowy winter.  That continues.  Look at the 6-10 day forecast off the European model.  No big storms thru Thurs.  We get light snow showers thru Monday AM, with a dusting to a couple inches.  Thurs. night thru Friday looks like a couple inches, then we get more snow next Saturday.  Thurs. we may get to the freezing mark, but overall, colder than average thru the next 10 days.    We had another 3/4″ of snow Saturday and that brings G. R. to 91.1″ for the winter and Muskegon to 105.7″.  Lansing is at 50.1″.   Here’s more season snowfall totals from the GRR NWS as of Saturday AM.  Check out the snow and ice storm in Solvenia.  The cold pattern lasts into the middle of next week and we’ll have occasional periods of light snow or flurries.   Tokyo has 22 cm (8.7″) of snow this month; last time they had this much snowfall was in Jan. 1998, Japan Meteorological Agency.

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.

236 Responses to “Snow Showers/Flurries and Cold”

  1. Uncle Sparkee says:

    Bumper crop indeed. It may be prime winter weather in the back country, but in the ol luv shack it’s hot as melted frosting on a glazed apple with whippets of cinnamon in a shape of a big ol heart. I will be pulling off the ice next Thursday night in order to show your ol aunty Edna how much she means to your ol uncle sparks. We take hearts day Serious up here in the back woods. Ol cuspids gettin the bow and arrow out and aiming rite for your ol aunty Edna’s love cakes.

  2. Paul (Yankee Springs-Barry State Game Area) says:

    Up to 103″ here for the season…

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      And 3″ of that came today?? LOL!! I feel like I shoveled and ran the snowblower all day (especially at work, cutting back the snowpiles so we can see oncoming traffic) – and we STILL have a bunch of fresh snow on the ground….

  3. Wswplz says:

    Does anyone have any information or knowledge rather how often they monitor the rivers, especially since many of the monitoring devices are frozen at this time…I’ve been down to look at the river in a few different locations and it sure seems to be rising…thanks

      1. Wswplz says:

        Thanks Skot….I don’t want to sound ungrateful in any way, I have looked at this link in the past…however maybe you can still help to clarify….are theses observations made in person by official state employees? (Manual labor )

        1. Wswplz says:

          Or maybe I misunderstood when the gauges read freezing…I assumed they were not working?

        2. Wswplz says:

          * manual reading lol

        3. Wswplz says:

          I guess I’m either to slow to comprehend the data, or it shall remain unknown…I will assume the gauges are all Either that or I will see the water going over the banks, and that is always a good indication of flooding lol…yes I’m being dramatic.

        4. Michael g (se gr) says:

          Some stations, such as downtown GR, are automated, others, such as Comstock Park are read as needed, I believe by trained volunteer observers.

  4. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    Japan hosted the winter Olympics in 1998. (Bills reference to the last time Japan had this much measurable snow)

    1. Wswplz says:

      Probably not referring to the mountain ranges….otherwise that would make for some interesting events

      1. Wswplz says:

        Oh it’s the city of Tokyo..

  5. INDY says:

    Bill first time in 37 days the suns been out!! Looks nice but still cold!! I am drinking so many sprites because the sun is so bright don’t know what color is in sight tonight , From in the YARDofSNOW …….Bill and uncle Sparks rolls!!! INDYY..

  6. Brenda (Otsego) says:

    Well, central and northern Georgia are under a winter storm watch for Monday night through Wednesday. Let’s see how they handle it this time. My daughter lives in Atlanta.

    1. John (Norton Shores) says:

      Their supposed to have more ice, which is what cause the havoc the last time in Atlanta

      1. John (Norton Shores) says:

        And by havoc I don’t mean destruction I mean it just caused everyone to abandon their cars

  7. Michael g (se gr) says:

    First 8 days of February, 10.0* below normal, 12.3″ of snow. Still seasonal.

  8. INDY says:

    112* inches of snow since Novi out thee YARDofBRICKS !!! Keep drinking them sprites feeling spring in sight!!! INDYY……

    1. Jack says:

      Indy….lots of FAKE JAKES ,,,, On Bills Blog…..yeeaaaaaaaa ? Stay CUED!!! ;-)

  9. Michael g (se gr) says:

    Wind appears to have gone more NW or even NNW, could mean more breaks in the clouds and even colder temps tonight for GR.

  10. suehelen says:

    What a gorgeous winter day in Michigan! We spent the afternoon in the woods cutting firewood. Just awesome!

    1. fixxxer says:

      Yeah just loads of fun.

      1. suehelen says:

        I’m as tired of it as anyone, fixxxer, but I’ve decided to stop complaining and enjoy what God has given me to enjoy. Today was a gorgeous day to be outside.

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          + one billion, trillion, gazillion!!!!!!!!!

        2. GunLakeDeb says:

          We had snow almost all day – but without the wind whipping around, it DID feel “nice”! My dogs were just crazy, running off a week’s worth of cabin fever…LOL!

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Sounds INCREDIBLE! The woods this weekend were amazing! The best WINTER ever keeps getting better and better!

      1. suehelen says:

        The woods are beautiful, Rocky.

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          Yes and I was outside most of this weekend and it was just incredible!

      2. GunLakeDeb says:

        I’m just sad that we haven’t done any winter kayaking – but the rivers are just iced-over too heavily to be safe :-(

    3. DJ 2450 says:

      Traveled from Gration Co. to the lakeshore today so we could see all of the snow and ride our boards down some of our favorite hills. Spectacular day to be outside.

  11. Beth (west olive) says:

    Any idea when this Lake Effect is going to end? It’s been snowing the best part of the day. I don’t measure the snow but looks like we have 6 inches so far just today.

    1. Beth (west olive) says:

      Kyle just said the best place of picking up an inch…think we are picking up an inch an hour.

  12. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Does Kalamazoo really only have 61.8 inches of total seasonal snow?

    1. Steve W. says:

      I live on the far western side of Kzoo Co. near I-94 and we’ve had between 100-110″ so far this year. With 27″ on the ground

  13. shelbyville says:

    Wow, we’ve had one snow band after another. At least 3″ today…And It keeps on coming.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Thank you! That’s what I thought we got, too? Seemed like as fast as I could shovel it, more showed up :-)

  14. John (Norton Shores) says:

    I’ve had a nether .5″ of snow today brining my season total past 110″ and up to 110.2″

    1. John (Norton Shores) says:


  15. John (Norton Shores) says:

    I’m just curious as to why the NWS only thinks Montague has had 30″ of snow for the season? they’ve had at least the same amount as me, they also had that big snowfall back in December that I did not have so they could have more than me

    1. Cort S. says:

      That came from a CoCoRaHS observer who may not have reported every day. You can see that the NWS doesn’t take that amount into account on the contoured maps.

      1. Wswplz says:

        Hello Cort,, hope all is well in the SLC. Looks like the dam has broken for the west..I was worried this might happen, as they get a ton of rain all at once. Talked to my parents in NOR-CAL and they are having some flash flood issues in certain areas.

        1. Cort S. says:

          If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Over here we’ll get valley rain and highs near 50 this week. Mountains will continue to get feet of snow. We have high-to-extreme avalanche danger in the mountains.

  16. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

    Went walking in the woods today. Bad idea. Terribly exerting. This is probably hard on wildlife.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Try using snowshoes and it is a lot of fun!!

      1. mk says:

        It’s like walking but on snow fun?

  17. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    What a FANTASTIC winter day today. The slopes were awesome and the weather was PERFECT! If you love SNOW – this 6 to 10 day outlook could not be better! More COLD and SNOW is on the way baby! Hey hey, my my, ROCK n ROLL will never die!

  18. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Drove out to Holland State Park today and took some nice pictures. I could not believe how many people were out walking over the huge mounds of ice and snow. I also noticed Holland has quite a bit more snow on the ground than here.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      The views on Lake Michigan currently are breathtaking! The ice thickness is measured in feet not inches!

  19. Brent - Zeeland says:

    Hey Kyle, you may want to update your future cast snow models. You said less than 1″ by Monday afternoon. I just had 1″ of snow in 45 mins and it is still coming down pretty hard.

    1. Beth (west olive) says:

      Brent…I said the same thing when I heard Kyle say that. They need to send someone over to the Lakeshore

    2. John (Norton Shores) says:

      That’s what the NWS forecasted, I think he’s going by what they said in which they have been wrong all weekend, we were only supposed to get 1-2″ of snow according to the NWS but we got 7″ of snow in just 24 hours, it’s not Kyle’s fault, I think we need to tell the NWS instead lol

      1. Brent - Zeeland says:

        We didn’t get as much snow as you, but did wake up to 4″ in the driveway this morning.

      2. Michael g (se gr) says:

        Kyle is responsible for more than regurgitating the NWS’s forecast.

  20. mk says:

    Storm team 8 is right on target

  21. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Perfect day for skiing!

    Finally, the CPC reign is over for us and we’re back to at least average temps! Getting very close to warm temps.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Close to warm temps. You’re nuts.

      1. INDY says:

        lol! yupp! INDY!

      2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        Yep. As close as WI and IL in that outlook. I’d expect it to keep creeping eastward. We’ll see.

    2. John (Norton Shores) says:

      Since when is average in winter warm? average temps this ti me of year are near 20 even a little below that

      1. GB says:

        Average high for Feb 9 is 34

    3. Wswplz says:

      My virtue of probability you are going to be correct one these days…

    4. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Back to average? Starting when? You do realize that your high today was 11 degrees below average. Speaking of that, Flint is -11.0 for the month. What a coincidence. Looking at the NWS forecast for Flint, there is only one day that is forecasted to reach the average high, and that is a week from today.

      1. Cort S. says:

        That graphic is for the time period 8-14 days from now. And it’s pretty believable with the pattern shift in the jet stream starting to appear in the cards.

        1. Travis (Oakland County) says:


        2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          I misunderstood Travis’ post, as it was written in present tense. Thanks for clarifying what he meant, Cort.

    5. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      Oh hey Travis… I haven’t seen you in a while. Wonder why lol

      1. INDY says:

        yeaaa 79 days ago it was above I travass out!!! INDYY!!!

      2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        I’ve been here. Been loving the snow too.

  22. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Big beautiful fluffy flakes today. We received almost 3″, just as predicted by the real mets.

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      The “real” mets were not calling for 3 inches for your area.

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        2-3 was forecasted.

      2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        I’m impressed that you can get Lansing TV stations way over there.

  23. ER From GR says:

    Hey everyone, im getting married on march first in E GR. Im wondering if anyone can see that far out yet weather wise. Do you think we should have ok roads, and not below zero temperatures???

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Absolutely no way to know at this point. And if anyone here claims they can see the future, they’re full of it.

      By the way, congrats on taking the vows!

    2. Michael g (se gr) says:

      I would say temps >0* are a safe bet, unless it’s an early morning wedding.

  24. lcds1 says:

    Keeping an eye on the Snow Belt – as we need to get to Chicago Saturday for a early Sunday flight out of O’Hare. If need be, we will drive part way Friday and part Saturday I guess! LOL!

  25. John (Norton Shores) says:

    The 18Z GFS does not keep the warm air around as long now, has it around for a day then a return to colder weather, but does have rain that one warm day

    1. Jacob G. says:

      18Z and 06Z GFS runs do not load in the additional weather balloon data. I really don’t put too much weight into those runs.

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:


      2. John (Norton Shores) says:

        Since the 12Z run today it really only showed one day that was warm and rainy, but I think the 12Z kind of went a little crazy on how much rain it printed out. I do think we will get one rainy day but three big rainstorms in less than a week I’m not buying, its still winter and February and to have three big rainstorms in less than one week is a bit too much, not saying it can’t happen but I am not buying into it

        1. Wswplz says:

          3 rain storms?

        2. John (Norton Shores) says:

          The 12Z GFS run had three rainstorms within a five day period brining us over 3″ of rain

        3. Jacob G. says:

          I think the best bet is to use the blend of the GFS and Euro at this time. That would still put us well into the 30s with some rain chances. We had something similar in January where most of the rain was absorbed by the snowpack. This could be the case here again as most models are trending colder the last week of Feb into early March.

        4. John (Norton Shores) says:

          Yes that would be a good scenario, I’m really getting concerned for some sort of flash freeze the last week in February with the rain then the cold

        5. Jacob G. says:

          Out to 240 hours on the 12Z Euro which includes some snow we had near .75 to 1″ of liquid precip printing out across most of West MI.

        6. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          OR, just listen to Bill and the other real mets. They’re way more accurate than any computer model.

        7. Cort S. says:

          If you look out past 192 hours on any GFS run, you’re automatically going to have a bad time.

        8. Jacob G. says:

          Another good tip, you can clearly see the resolution change after 192 hours.

    2. Wswplz says:

      That is possible, will be interesting to see what the thinking is around Tuesday evening / Wednesday , if they keep the warm air ridding up this far…my guess is snow, which would be consistent with the this time. Something to watch though…

      1. John (Norton Shores) says:

        Wswplz are you talking about next Tuesday and Wednesday? Too early for this Tuesday and Wednesday lol

        1. Wswplz says:

          No that would be much to far out…talking about the possible hints of rain around Thursday.. :)

  26. INDY says:

    Lets all give jiffy from Ada a sprite for being a first name from theee fixer gang!! THIS SPRITES 4 U jiffy Ada !!!!! 18* AND STILL SNOWING OUT THEE YARDofBRICKS!! INDYY…….

  27. Ethan says:

    What is the chance of a snowday tomorrow For Forest Hills school district?

    1. John (Norton Shores) says:

      Not even a chance, there will be school tomorrow

      1. John (Norton Shores) says:

        Not to be a downer I just don’t think there will be any schools closed tomorrow unless we get a surprise big time wind tonight to blow and drift the snow

      2. Wswplz says:

        Why is their no chance for school….

        1. John (Norton Shores) says:

          There is a more than likely chance, did I make it sound like there was no chance, lol I’m sorry I meant there is a more than likely chance there will be school

        2. Wswplz says:

          Oh, didn’t see your comma…lol

  28. Wswplz says:

    Any one live in the Zeeland or Holland area, and if so how are the roads…thanks!

    1. Tim from Zeeland says:

      Roads are snow covered but good. The real big issue that we have is the need to watch for cars coming out of driveways. Most now can’t see down the street to see if cars are coming and many inch out onto the road.

      1. Wswplz says:

        Thanks Tim, and yes I noticed that is a problem as well…

  29. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Travass has a global warming sickness and needs help immediately!

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Rocky the rodent is still a jackass. Who knew? Thanks for listening

    2. Travis (Oakland County) says:


    3. Timothy de Graaf says:

      What kind of childish trash is this, Rocky? “Travass”? What are you in grade school or something? Grow up you loser.

  30. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Keep the COLD and SNOW coming. We have a good 6 weeks left of COLD and SNOW!

  31. Tim from Zeeland says:

    I am starting to think that a new event needs to be added as a winter sport. Snow Shoveling!!! Every day it’s the same old thing. Go Out and shovel snow.

    1. Wswplz says:

      At least we know the place to host the event….

      1. Tim from Zeeland says:

        Would it be a speed event or one that is based on style?

        1. DJ2450 says:

          Based on how high you can pile the snow.

        2. GunLakeDeb says:

          You folks better be scared of me, then! I can still pitch a shovelfull of snow over an 8 foot bank!!

    2. J-rod says:

      Glad to know that people still use shovels. So many people use snow-blowers … even for 2 inches fluffy lake effect snow.

      1. Brian(Grandville) says:

        I’ve honestly seen people using a snow blower with less than 1″.

  32. Uncle Sparkee says:

    Well well well my little feisty weather hobos. Your ol uncle sparks just got in from policing the back 80. No funny foot prints. Your ol uncle sparks and tokes the blood hound is checking makin sure none of you big city lites r lost up here or trespassen. Time to hunker down tonight load up on venison chilli and your ol aunty Edna’s apple pie, Of course that’s after self medicating .

    1. Jack says:

      Happy Sunday Sparks, CUE ole MOJO NIXON :::: Sparky ON,, uncle Sparkee …… Stay cued !!

    2. Brian(Grandville) says:

      I guess when you grow your own smoke, you run the risk of trespassers. Goes with the lifestyle. Don’t break out the tin foil hat just yet.

  33. INDY says:

    I can’t find my bowl in thee snow to many sprites tonight !!! It’s cold outside down to 16* wow out at thee YARDofBRICKS……..INDYY……

  34. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

    The big, fluffy flakes today were beautiful.

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

    Been snowing like crazy all evening. Huge fluffy flakes. It was snowing so hard on our way back from Allegan on the snowmobile trail that I had to put the dim lights on to see.

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