Friday PM

February 13th, 2014 at 3:54 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local   Friday PM – Still  a chance of a few flurries this PM…trace amounts.  Temperatures in the mid 20s this PM.   A clipper may give us an inch of snow Sat. night or less.  Monday looks like the best bet for slick roads, with some snow and possibly a period of freezing rain or sleet south of G.R.  We could see a couple inches on Monday.  We’ll be dry and milder Tues. and Weds.  Thursday could be the warmest day of next week with rain showers and temps. into the 40s.  This won’t be spring for good…it’ll be similar to the 4-day warm-up we had from Jan. 10-13.  After the warmer air next week, temperatures cool again for the rest of February.

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.

73 Responses to “Friday PM”

  1. Christine-Allegan State Game says:

    Hey Bill, any idea how much Allegan County has received in snowfall this season? It seems like alot, especially with all the lake effect we get west of Allegan.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      We’ve had reports of 90-125″ across Allegan Co. There are some BIG snow piles in Allegan.

  2. Katie in Kentwood says:

    Ready for spring now!!

  3. fixxxer says:

    So the east coast got soo much snow USPS & UPS arent deliervering packages till next week? Thats total BS. Suck it up ladies. If i pay for expedited shipping thats what i expect.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      That’s funny, I think they have had worse storms than this one before. If my UPS envelopes don’t go out I don’t get paid. I would not be happy.

    2. Craig (Holland North Sider) says:

      Is there anything you don’t complain about?

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        No, his life is based on whining and complaining!

    3. Wswplz says:

      So did you actually send something to the east coast, via UPS or other? Or just complaining just in case….lol

    4. Mark (East Lansing) says:


    5. Barb says:

      Sexist, fixxxer–shame on you!

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Oh that is nothing he had made many sexist and racist statement over the years! His true colors show up quite often!

  4. on the Grand says:

    One kid lives in Germantown MD, they got 18 inches of snow and 1 inch of ice on top of the snow, he said he could stand on the ice and not go through the snow, they are expecting 3 more inches tonight. The other kid live in Arlington and got 12 inches of snow, but it is freezing rain now, the main roads were plowed but the side streets were not, so if they could get out of the driveway there was no way they could get down the street, the snow was over the wheels of the car. The city was not going to clean the street. I remember living on the east side in Wayne county and they never plowed the side streets, lucky for us we were three houses from the main road and would push the car to the main road to go anywhere and we did.

    1. Wswplz says:

      Wow, I’m familiar with that area….it must be a huge mess over there…they get just 3″ and it can be bad sometimes with the ice.

  5. Bobby (Ada) says:

    That 100″ is beginning to look farther and farther away…. I LOVE IT! HAHAHA

    1. John (Norton Shores) says:

      Not for Muskegon were at 114″

    2. Wswplz says:

      We will pick up another 8″….not sure when, but we will. We average over that in the moth of March, and this moth still has some potential, with an above average outlook and year for that matter. I think we will finish somewhere around 105″

      1. John (Norton Shores) says:

        Moth, lol, we will be seeing moths soon in spring haha

      2. Wswplz says:

        *done correcting! hate this spell check at times..

        1. Wswplz says:

          Yes it’s the apocalypse, haven’t you heard :)

    3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      That is most ridiculous statement I heave heard on this blog in years! I will give you 1000 to 1 odds on hundred dollars that GR will hit 100+ inches of SNOW by the end of February!

      1. Wswplz says:

        You tell them Rocky…btw put me down for a dollar, be glad to pay ya…

        1. Me :-) says:

          I agree with you there Rocky. I don’t like snow but even I realize that the winter is far from being done. Six more weeks and it will be all different. It is still a long way, and at that time Grand Rapids will have 100 inches of snow, I am sure of that.

        2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          It is booked!

      2. Wswplz says:

        Why can’t you be the odds maker in Vegas…I like those odds, not much low side to the bet….either way I’m a winner. Love the snow, but would like a cool 1000 a little better…

      3. Wswplz says:

        You will take a 100, I don’t think the house could take a 100,000.00 dollar

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          You are on for a $100 bet. My credit line can handle it in case I lose :)

        2. Wswplz says:

          Hahaha lol, that’s when you say the check is in the mail right….

  6. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Atlanta Public schools have had 7 snow days this year and they are off tomorrow making it 8 WOW, they’ve had more than some Michigan schools

    1. Me :-) says:

      Hush! Before my daughter wants us to move to Atlanta :-)

      1. John (Norton Shores) says:

        Haha! I’m sure thought Atlanta will have to make up more days than Michigan schools because they don’t have days built in down their

  7. John (Norton Shores) says:

    The 18Z GFS is less intense and shorter lived on the warm up for late next week, and does not show a rainstorm, however not putting much faith into it since the 18Z run is the run that does not get sampled

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      The much hyped warm up will last about three days and then right back to COLD and SNOW baby!

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        You may be right, Rocky. Even so, I will truly enjoy those three days.

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          Enjoy while you can I guess!

  8. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    All of the warm weather nuts are living in fantasy land. If you listened to all of the warm weather hype for the last two days you would think that winter is over! Well that is 100% WRONG as usual! A brief warm up and then a TON of COLD and SNOW! The Monday storm is looking better and better! Bring it!

    1. John (Norton Shores) says:

      WOW that’s a lot of snow compared to the 12Z run, we will see if that pans out, all though the 18Z run is not sampled it might be onto something

      1. John (Norton Shores) says:


      2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        And it shows decent SNOW well to the South of MI! Imagine that!

  9. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    The best WINTER EVER is still going strong! Get outside and enjoy the COLD and SNOW!

  10. Barb says:

    Sorry, Rocky, this winter is about over.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      That is really funny or delusional – I am not sure which one applies here?

    2. Wswplz says:

      I’m not sure winter is ” about ” over, depending on what you view as about….

  11. GB says:

    Hey how was school today bud?

  12. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Lets be conservative and say only about 50% of this will be SNOW! Nothing serious – just about 3 to 4 more feet of SNOW before this WINTER is over!!! BRING IT!

    1. Wswplz says:

      You think we will get another 36-48″ of snow….I think that might be a little optimistic. You being sarcastic..Rocky??

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        No I am dead serious! All of these warm weather nuts are delusional. They are desperate for warm weather, however March will be colder than average and much SNOWIER than average!

        1. Wswplz says:

          I love snow per the obvious, but I’ll make a wager with ya on that one, no odds needed…:)

        2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          I will need to odds form you on that bet!

      2. Wswplz says:

        Yes, I’ll give 2 to 1…..

    2. Wswplz says:

      So just for a little perspective our average snowfall for March is about 8.5″ and April is 1.5″(I rounded up btw). So let’s say we get 15″ in Mar and 5.5 inches in April… that leaves 26.5 for the rest of February…..that’s a tall order. Basically you would need half our current snow total for this record year to fall from now to the end of April. I’m not sure that’s ever happened. I think we should shoot for 100″ then go for the next 38″….which the 100″ is call looks to be a good prediction…

  13. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    My mom is flying to D.C tomorrow morning out of Lansing via Detroit. Hopefully it’s cleared out by then. Her tour group is coming for somewhere in New York.

    My sister works for a major travel group in Chicago and they have been busting ass the last few days to change tons of reservations from schools around the country that are going to the D.C area and other parts in the south, so they can get their earlier or later.

  14. Brent - Zeeland says:

    Just watched NBC News with the East coast storm. We Midwesterners are hearty people. We get 12″ and that doesn’t stop us from getting to work. I’ve had 120″ here this winter. NBC never came to cover our winter storms. I love it here!

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      The networks will spend more time on coverage for an East Coast storm like this. It’s the highest population concentration in the U.S. and they are in the midst of it. A similar snowstorm hitting Des Moines or Omaha (or Zeeland) wouldn’t get similar coverage.

      1. Wswplz says:

        That’s not right, but however on the bright side I have all my extended family around the Nebraska area, and I live in Michigan so it’s better we don’t draw attention to our paradise…My mom and Dad are in California which is a good example of over population…

      2. Brent - Zeeland says:

        I understand that Bill. It just seems like they can’t handle any type of winter. It has to be a brutal blizzard before companies shut down here. I love the 4 seasons here in Michigan. I am ready for spring.

  15. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    More COLD and SNOW is coming! Get used to it!

    1. GB says:

      Hey Bud how was the bus ride home?

  16. Dingid Forester jr. says:

    Time to start ironing the beach towels!

  17. In a few months we will all be talking about our first chance of Severe Thunderstorms, can’t wait for our first big thunderstorm. We’ve gotten a lot of snow this winter, so I hope we get a lot of thunderstoms

    1. John (Norton Shores) says:

      Yeah I’m with you on that one! :)

  18. Cort S. says:

    Got up to 61 degrees today in SLC. Just had a nice thunderstorm roll through the valley. Saw cloud-to-air lightning… it was a good day.

    I’m running away now before you stone me.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:


  19. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    COLD and SNOW is on the way!

    1. SW Kent says:

      When and how much Rocky?

  20. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn;t our first tornado warning in 2013 on May 28?

    I was just looking at this:

    1. Cort S. says:

      That’s correct.

      That was the day of the multiple Flint-area tornadoes. Quite a big day out there.

  21. suehelen says:

    I’m not all that excited about the “big” warm up because it makes everything so messy. I would prefer a string days in the upper 30s with sunshine, instead of 40s with rain any day, but I guess that would be asking too much.

    Logic and the calendar tells us that we’re on the back side of winter. 4-5 more weeks to go and no more below zero temps. We can get through this!

  22. suehelen says:

    For what it’s worth, Accuweather shows a very cold week the last week of February (23rd-28th) and then moderating temps the first week of March. Does this seem plausible?

  23. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

    I’ve noticed that March 10 seems to be the date when snow really starts to disappear around here. Then it continues to melt down and we have snow piles through mid-April. This year, I could see it lasting longer…

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