Thursday: Snow, Blowing and Drifting, Very ColdFebruary 26th, 2014 at 9:04 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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 winter. Weekend 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.