Monday PM SnowFebruary 17th, 2014 at 1:12 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Radar on the left will update automatically. Tue. morning. Snow is moving out. We have passed 100″ in G.R. and a look at the long-range maps for March shows that we have a good chance of reaching 2nd snowiest winter ever…and I totally wouldn’t rule out making a run at our snowiest winter ever (132″ at the airport, 144″ in downtown G.R. in 1951-52). Most areas got 4-7″. We have also had some drifting, but winds will diminish overnight. On the right, we had a meso-discussion for heavy snow from the Storm Prediction Center that you can read here. Roads are snow covered and slippery this morning, though road conditions will improve during the day. I-94 was closed near Lawrence due to “multiple accidents”, including an accident with at least six injuries that involved 20 semis and over 20 cars. A jack-knifed semi was blocked I-196 at the College Ave. exit. I-96 was closed at M-6 due to multiple accidents. Other slide-offs throughout the area. Thundersnow was reported in Barry County, far SE Michigan near Lambertville, N. Indiana and N. Illinois with snowfall rates over 2″ an hour. Season snowfall: Grand Rapids 100.5″, Muskegon 120.3″, Kalamazoo 95.8″, Oshtemo 100.2″, Lansing 53.7″. The warm-up will be very brief. We’ll go right back into the cold pattern to close Feb. and begin March.
Two more roof collapses today, one in Muskegon and another in Grand Rapids. They continue to clean up the damage at the Christian Reformed Grounds near Grand Haven. This will continue to be a big problem with rain falling into the snow on Thursday.
More than 4,000 flight delays…O’Hare snow a problem…snow ending in Chicago at 8 pm. This is the worst winter for flight delays in over 25 years and probably ever.
Morning model run snowfall forecasts…first number is NAM (caribou), second is GFS (caribou): Grand Rapids 6.3″, 4.9″…Lansing 6.4″, 3.3″…Muskegon 6.4″, 5.0″…Kalamazoo 5.9″, 4.8″…Jackson 5.4″, 3.6″…Pontiac 3.6″, 2.0″…Big Rapids 8.5″, 3.7″…Mt. Pleasant 8.1″, 4.9″…Cadillac 4.9″, 3.3″…Ludington 7.4″, 4.7″…S. Haven 4.7″ (NAM only), Holland 5.1″ (NAM only). Roads will be snow-covered and slippery tonight into the morning rush hour tomorrow. The European has 0.34″ precipitation for Grand Rapids, or about 4″ of snow..then 0.51″ of mainly rain on Thurs. The European has our temperature around dinnertime Thurs. at 42.1. It’s back to 27 by daybreak Friday (so a freeze-up with slick roads for the Friday am commute and temps. fall during the day Friday to the teens by evening. It stays cold after that. We back to 9 above zero Sat. AM on the European, 13 Sunday AM and +7 Monday AM. AGAIN, I’m worried about the additional snow and especially the rain being absorbed into the snow on Thursday creating the potential for more roof collapses (esp. flat roofs). Tomorrow or Weds. think about clearing snow from drains, gutters and downspouts and perhaps clearing snow from flat or low-pitched roofs. Check out the links below:
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.