Winter Weather Advisory – Monday Snow

February 17th, 2014 at 1:16 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

advisory    A Winter Weather Advisory for the entire area from noon today (Mon.) until 4 am tomorrow (Tue.) for 4-6″ of new snow.  This will be an afternoon and evening event.  We should get thru the morning commute with dry roads and if you have errands or shopping to do, it’s best to get that done earlier in the day rather than later.  Roads will be snow-covered and slippery for the late-afternoon, through the evening commute and into the night.  We’ve had several roof collapses in the past few days and the snow today (and the rain coming on Thursday) will only add to that problem.  If you can (safely!) remove snow from flat or low-pitched rooms and from gutters.  The snow will also only add to the problem of seeing around the snow piles when you pull out into traffic.

Grand Rapids season snowfall Mon. AM is at 94.5″…so we need 5.1″ to get to 100″ for the winter.  We continue to add to our record of consecutive days with more than 20″ of snow on the ground in G.R. (now at 16).   Muskegon is at 114.1″, Kalamazoo at 90.5″, Holland at 125.0″ (84:” since 1/1 – possible snowiest calendar year in 2014 for Holland?) and Lansing at 52.4″.

For the 16-year record at WMU in Kalamazoo (courtesy of Dr. Bob Ruhf):

Records set this winter:

1. The 42.8 inches of snow in January set a record for the snowiest January; the old January record was 39.6 inches set in 1999. It was also the third snowiest month on record. #1: 46.6 inches (December 2000); #2: 43.1 inches (December 2008).

2. The 24-inch snow depth on February 1-2, 5-6, 8 set a February snow depth record. The old February record was 15 inches set on February 2, 2011. (Note: this record was broken on February 9 when a 25 inch snow depth was measured.)

3. There have been 43 consecutive days so far (January 5 – February 16) with a snow depth of 12 or more inches; the previous record for a streak of 12 or more inches was 28 days (January 10 – February 6, 2009).

4. There have been 22 consecutive days so far (January 26 – February 16) with a snow depth of 20 or more inches; the previous record for a streak of 20 or more inches was 14 days (January 3 – January 16, 1999).

5. At least a trace of snowfall has been reported for 65 (83%) of the days between December 1, 2013 and February 16, 2014. This is a record for this period of days. The old record was 62 days during the 2007-08 winter season.

6. The 25-inch snow depth on February 9 tied the record for the greatest snow depth measured for any month: 25 inches on January 6, 10-11, 1999.

7. The seasonal snowfall total of 90.5 inches is the 5th snowiest on record and is only 13.4 inches under the seasonal record. The top snowiest seasons were: #1: 103.9 inches (2008-09); #2: 100.0 inches (2001-02); #3: 98.0 inches (2000-01); #4: 94.6 inches (2007-08); #6: 89.1 inches (2006-07).

These records are based on only 16 years of data. Many of these records would not be records if data from previous decades, such as the 1960s and 1970s, could be included.

24 Responses to “Winter Weather Advisory – Monday Snow”

  1. Wswplz says:

    Let’s see if we can inch past the century mark by early Tuesday morning, or Monday night would be just fine by me. Thanks for all your great work on the network Bill and also still finding time for us little people on your wonderful blog. God bless you and your family.

  2. Sandy(Hudsonville) says:

    Winter isn’t over yet!! I think we will still have snow in March. :) Today was beautiful!! Enjoy it!!

    1. Wswplz says:

      We should be able to break a few more records before this winter releases it’s grip and also move up somewhere onto the top five for record snowfall. This has been an incredible winter so far with ring side seats here in souther Michigan to watch Mother Nature at her finest!

  3. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

    Show me some snow. :) drove down m-40 in allegan yesterday and the banks along the road were huge. Cool thing to show the kids.

    1. Wswplz says:

      Ya, the snow banks are pretty amazing, I’ve been taking a few pictures so as I can have them to look back on someday. I think all should see some decent accums from this event, although I’m not sure who will be in the bullseye for the heavier snowfall since this storm hasn’t really showed its hand yet. I do however have a feeling that this event won’t be a blanket snow, but more hit and miss with some areas seeing quite a bit more snow , and the Lansing area might just be one of them. We shall soon see.

      1. Wswplz says:

        Oh wow it’s already 3:30am, I better get a few hours sleep before I’m off to Everyone stay safe out on the snow covered road so you can make it home safe to your loved ones, and don’t forget to tell those you care about that you love them!

  4. Dan says:

    10 degrees out! All the areas on driveway and sidewalks that were melting yesterday have refroze. Snow to arrive by noon or after. It seems we should get more than 3 inches of snow! I watched Kyle last night. The storm on radar still didn’t look great. Then, it was west of Wisconsin. I’ll have to check the radar this morning!

  5. DJ2450 says:

    A low of -16 here at my location in central Gratiot. Officially the Gratiot Co. airport recorded -13 for an overnight low. Doubt we’ll get that cold again the rest of this season.

    1. DJ2450 says:

      Likely a location in Michigan had the lowest overnight temperature. in the lower 48.

    2. Alma airport is always colder than “most” locations being it’s in a very low area near the pine river basin.

      1. DJ2450 says:

        I’m located about 1.5 mi. south of the airport and at about the same elevation. You’re right driving out of Ithaca there is about a 45 foot drop in elevation and under these conditions the car thermometer usually drops a few degrees.

        1. DJ2450 says:

          Driving out of Ithaca to the west.

        2. Your in the Ice Box of Gratiot County lol

        3. I see the Ithaca MAWN station got down to -6 between 3am and 4am

        4. DJ2450 says:

          Where is the Ithaca MAWN station located?

        5. On Wisner road south of polk road

        6. DJ2450 says:

          Is that data available online?

        7. Yes, just google Ithaca MAWN or go to the MSU weather section and look for MAWN, stations all around the state are there.

        8. DJ2450 says:

          Thanks Mark

  6. Pat says:

    Bill, I really like the stats you put on the blog. Do you have good sites for info and stats for those heavy weather winters…like the early 1950′s and the mid 1930′s? I see a few photos on some sites, but not a lot of details.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      I have some monthly data from the 1930s, not as detailed as the last 30 years, but some…and I do plan to post something on what follows cold, snowy winters (it varies…many summers that follow cold winters are average…1936 went from a cold, snowy winter to the hottest temperatures ever in Michigan.

  7. went to -0.2 then up to +5 and now back down to -1.2

    1. low ended up being -1.4 which was the 16th day of sub zero for the season.
      snowfall for Breckenridge
      2008-09 70.4
      2007-08 66.8
      1985-86 63.9
      1977-78 57.8
      2013-14 51.3 and counting

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