Less Than a Week to “Warm-Up”March 24th, 2014 at 2:21 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Springlike weather is coming…the pattern changes to warmer and wetter. First, cold for another couple days…light snow around daybreak tomorrow could make for slick spots for the Tues. AM commute. A few flurries will linger through the day with temperatures again about 15-20 deg. below average in the mid-upper 20s. Weds. should be partly sunny and cold. Weds. night late we get mixed precipitation developing, which could be a little snow, sleet or freezing rain. Again, the Thurs. AM commute could be slippery, esp. north of G.R. (and especially if you’re on a bicycle like this guy in Traverse City – pic. from upnorthlive.com). Thursday PM it’ll be above freezing, but we’ll still be getting some showers with a chilly 15 mph breeze. Partly sunny Friday, Saturday, I hope…more later on that, I haven’t looked at much out that far. Sunday the GFS-plot has a high of 56 for G.R. and Monday it was 60. We’re getting into a wetter pattern. The GFS-plot has a total of 0.77″ of G.R. for the Thurs. storm, more rain Monday and soakings April 2 and 8. It doesn’t know exact times that far out, but we’re going to have a potential for flooding well into April.
Monday AM snowcover: Grand Rapids – trace, Lansing 1″, Big Rapids 2″, Reed City, Hopkins and Holland 4″, Muskegon 5″, Hart 6″, Fremont 7″, Gaylord 17″, Kalkaska and Cadillac 18″, S. Ste. Marie 28″, Grand Marais 44″, Calumet 47″, Painesdale 55″. It depends on if you’re measuring deep in the woods or on the grass in an urban environment. There’s sure a chance of significant flooding in the U.P. with that much snow still on the ground in late March. Huge East Coast storm will hit the New England Coast with heavy snow and wind. This will be an amazing storm in Nova Scotia. Paul Pastalok at Accu-Weather has 5 Marches looking like this one (1950, 60, 84, 89, 96). Three of the following Aprils were cooler than average, one near average and one warmer than average. The AO goes negative, the NAO negative, so we’re not done with chilly days, relative to the fast-climbing average temperatures, but it looks like the biggest chunk of cold heads to Asia.
Cold this Monday AM: -25 Wakefield, -24 Champion and Spincich Lake, -15 Marquette, -11 Ironwood, -7 Lake City, -5 Cadillac, -2 Reed City, 1 Big Rapids, 7 Belding, 12 Kalamazoo, 13 Grand Rapids and Muskegon. Muskegon is up to 130.0″ for the winter. Morning run of the NAM (caribou) gives G.R. 1.5″ of snow late tonight/tomorrow… 0.06″ off the GFS plot would be around an inch. More on the news tonight.