Thursday: Snow, Blowing and Drifting, Very Cold

February 26th, 2014 at 9:04 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local  Periods of snow along with some blowing and drifting snow.  The snow is light and fluffy, the kind that trucks really stir up.   Gusts overnight:  56 mph Spyglass Condos at the Holland Channel, 51 mph Grand Haven Channel, 53 mph GVSU Muskegon, 49 mph Muskegon Beach, 45 mph GVSU downtown G.R.,  44 mph GVSU Allendale, 37 mph Jenison.     This is one of those situations when you can get an 1-3″ of snowfall and an 18″ drift in the driveway.  The cold will rule with temps. today from 5° to 10° and wind chills around -10°-15°.

Season snowfall update:  Grand Rapids 105.5″, Muskegon 123.8″, Holland 142.5″, Kalamazoo 98.2″, Lansing 57.2″, Oshtemo 105.5″.

Model data: Go here and look at what the GFS3 is forecasting for a low temp. Fri. AM in Mt. Pleasant.  The NAM (caribou) gives Mt. Pleasant -20.7°, Big Rapids and Lansing get -13 and Grand Rapids just -3.  The GFS (caribou) has -7 for G.R. and -10 for Kalamazoo.  The European gives G.R. a low of -10.8 Fri. AM.  It’s going to be cold.  Snowfall amounts:  The European would give G.R. about 3″ from Friday night to Sunday AM, the NAM about the same..some snow Fri. night into Sat. night.  The models have us below zero again next Tues. AM and maybe Mon. AM if we don’t have clouds.  The Euro. keeps us below 32° thru the 7th.  The first 32° on the GFS-plot is 3/10.

Also:  Neat pic. from Germany….snow falling out of the clouds, turning to rain and making a rainbow.  Check out the number of hours below freezing this winterWeekend snowstorm goes to our south, thru Indiana and Ohio.

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.

119 Responses to “Thursday: Snow, Blowing and Drifting, Very Cold”

  1. Wswplz says:

    The lake effect is kickin, I’m seeing many surprised responses, I had a suspicion that the forecast this week might be a bit light as it often is with the lake. I most definitely could not look at a storm system and read into the properties that go into snow accums, but I did feel the lake was not being considered enough as we all know from living in its back yard. I to also wonder if this will continue as I just got back home via the 131 north towards Rockford and it’s coming down steady. The winds weren’t to bad, it was more the steady snow causing vis problems. I would guess these intense bands wouldn’t keep this pace, because if they do this snow would be grossly underestimated. Be safe out there and enjoy..

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

    Over 3″ here in 4 hours, and still snowing at an inch an hour snowfall rate. Today is looking like a good day to go snowmobiling.

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

    About an inch so far here….adds to th 24″ on the ground….

  4. SCOTT says:

    white out conditions on m-40 between Hamilton & Holland, Stay @ home if you can.

  5. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    Not too bad. Roads are snow covered and slippery. There are a lot of drifts too. Winds are strong 20mph with gusts reaching higher than that. It snows sideways as Bill said last night. Lakeshore is probably in worse shape. A balmy 8 degrees, I think. Stay safe out there!

  6. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    Correction temp is 14 degrees

  7. Almost all Gratiot county schools are closed, near zero visibilities, about 1 inch of snow, lots of black ice on M46 “very bad” drifting snow on all back roads.

  8. 8.4° winds 18 with gusts to 33mph

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

    Over 4″ here so far, and still coming down. I would rank this as the 2nd or 3rd worst conditions all winter.

  10. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    No school closings in Ingham County. Cold and breezy. Maybe an inch of snow. Roads are slick.

  11. Mark (EGR) says:

    Went to snowblow the driveway and had to come in for a break halfway through because the gusts of wind made the windchill so ridiculously cold. First time I’ve had to do that all year. Bundle up out there!

    1. fixxxer says:

      scary cold to be honest. this isnt normal or a good sign of things to come.

  12. fixxxer says:

    not bad at all in gr. overhyped event. just bring on summer bill.

  13. yooper4021 says:

    Easily in the top 3 worst commutes of the winter. Visibility was horrible, and expressways are quickly turning to sheet ice where they aren’t snow packed.

    1. yooper4021 says:

      How things have changed in the last hour. Clouds have broken up, and winds have died down some.

  14. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    Looking outside I’m a bit surprised Cedar Springs closed wind isn’t that bad and it’s not snowing nor is there a lot. They’ve had school in worse conditions than this and temps. Guess they make up an extra day in June or more with how it’s going so far.

    1. AJ (Cedar Springs) says:

      I think it was the right call. The roads are icy, wind chills were well below zero, and visibility was greatly reduced this morning.

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