Winter Weather Advisory – Monday SnowFebruary 17th, 2014 at 1:16 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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.