Less Than a Week to “Warm-Up”

March 24th, 2014 at 2:21 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

bicycle in snow upnorthlive 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.

101 Responses to “Less Than a Week to “Warm-Up””

  1. The past few days have been the only ones that I have been happy to look into the long range GFS. I can say it is about time it warms up some. CPC still has us in the dreaded blue blob of colder than average for the month though.

  2. INDY says:

    One week from today we will be 70* or better in Grand rapids Michigan!! Sprite it up!! INDYY!!

  3. Aaron says:

    It has been awhile since I’ve been happy after reading your blog! YES! SPRING!

  4. Cali1005 says:

    I don’t care how cool it is. Just make sure the precipitation is rain and now snow.

    1. Cali1005 says:


  5. ER From GR says:

    Sunny And 75…..ON THE WAY!!!! Going to be breaking out the grill some more!!! Summer sun high in the sky, sippin sodas poolside!!! Bills blog becomes alive, Summer 2014!!! ON THE WAY!!! Stay Tuned!!!

  6. Cali1005 says:

    Enjoy tomorrow Rocky cuz that will be the last time you see your precious snow. After that the thaw accelerates hahaha :)

  7. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

    Cant wait to just get out in the yard for awhile and slowly clean up the mole hills,dead branches and trash. been a long stinking winter. just might be the last winter in MI for me!!

  8. Cliff(KZOO) says:

    Who else is ready for a Muddy Mess!!!

    1. Cali1005 says:


  9. on the Grand says:

    All three inches of snow has melted away, you will all be proud of me. I just let it melt. No snow blowing, no shoveling. The snowplow came down the road this morning.

    1. Todd in nunica says:

      I just saw that too, worked a few hrs south of grand haven and man what a difference from 1030 a.m. and 3 p.m., I saw one place at one of my lots where the Sun did not hit still had some snow, and of course happens to be the sidewalk….but other than that everything looks dry.

  10. Jack says:

    BRING ON SPRING TEMPS!!!!! I can’t wait Get My Hands Dirty in My Garden of GREEN….. And Plant Some ” Seeds” in The The OLE Back Forty….. CUE::: J.D. Crowe & The New South – My Home Ain’t In The Hall Of Fame …
    Stay Cued …..Bills BLOG…. :-)

    1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      Love that song. I love bluegrass/hillbilly music. I have family down in the Great Smoky Mountains.

  11. I’m soo ready for this winter to end.

  12. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    57 degrees for Opening Day per WXYZ!

    Average temps:


    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      That would be great. It’s been a long time coming.

    2. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Chance of rain also. It is a ways out, hopefully it is nice.

  13. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

    It’s time to get the grill out, lawn chairs and my sun tea jar. My wife is now happy about the forecast. When my wife is happy, I am happy.

    1. Craig (Holland North Sider) says:

      Totally agree with the wife comment Larry!

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

    I sure hope we don’t get that much rain. All the wooded/shaded areas still have 8-16″ around my house. There are open yards just a mile and a half down the road that are 90% bare.

  15. INDY says:


  16. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Take a look at this from the NWS, temperatures may flirt with 60 next week! :) been a long time since I’ve heard that from the NWS!



    1. John (Norton Shores) says:

      And they also mention a pattern change! Yay! :) sorry winter lovers I know I may bother you right now but it’s time for this really cold winter to come to an end!

      1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:


        1. John (Norton Shores) says:

          Screw you Larry!

  17. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    Winter canceled as of March 27th?

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      After 5 months of winter it is about time!

    2. Cali1005 says:

      Until all the snow melts, it will still be winter to me.

      1. Brian(Grandville) says:

        I would have to agree with that statement.

  18. Skeeterroo2 says:

    Yikes! I want Spring just like the rest of you, but my parents live on the Grand near Comstock Park, and we need the slow melt to stay. And light rain, no deluge please. It can flood a little, but not in the house again this year, OK Bill?

  19. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    Are we done with the snow?

    1. Cali1005 says:

      Unfortunately, no. You see we live in Michigan so we’re going to see snow again lol

    2. jerry hoag says:

      Unfortunately no, because of Michigan. We will most likely get snow in 2014-2015,2015-2016,2016-2017,2017-2018 and etc…..So sorry for that….lol..

  20. mr. negative says:

    Heading toward April…yet another month with snow in MI.

  21. INDY says:

    Looks like the first week of April maybe below normal lets hope not!! INDYY!!

    1. jerry hoag says:

      INDY!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! I saw for Chicago they are forecasting 68 later this week also with Thunderstorms too!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHH Spring is making it runs back to us…..But the kiddos do have Spring Break coming, usually the weather is crappy during Spring Break then it is nice after that…..Usually…..

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      + 100 Gazillion!

    3. Jack says:

      ” April 1st “…… SEVERE THUNDER STORM WATCH…….Looks Very Probable….STAY CUED….. ;-)

      1. jerry hoag says:

        + 1 trillion gazillion billion megazillion……..THAT WOULD BE AWESOME WITH WARNINGS TOO!!!!!!!!!

    1. Rob (Fruitport) says:

      Rocky must have made it home from middle school.. More obnoxious BS.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Just the facts baby! You cannot face reality! Get used to it!

      2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        It is interesting when someone calls facts that include weather links BS! Very interesting indeed! Get a grip!

        1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          You’re calling something a fact before it happens?

    2. Florida1993 says:

      Lmao most of that is rain. Get a grip.

    1. jerry hoag says:

      NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO——we want all the warmth that is due us…..please?????????? At lest after Spring Break!!!!!!!! Like how it usually happens here in Michigan!!

    2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      You are as delusional as that map. Seek help.

  22. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    The new sod is down at Comerica Park. Green grass and ready to play ball!

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      The Tigers could be the first team to have 5 SS and no one to play left field. Opening day might be wet (we shall see) its the next 10 to 15 days that we will have to watch out for!

  23. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    I think I will take tomorrow off from work and head up to Boyne for some FANTASTIC Spring skiing! It could not be better! Keep it coming!

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Better check with your mom too see if she can drive you before you miss school.

    2. Florida1993 says:

      12 year olds work???

  24. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Here is the temperature profile for the April 3rd SNOWSTORM! Below freezing temps with plenty of precip = SNOW!!!


  25. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Check these temps out on April 5th! It sure looks like some nice warm Spring weather to me?


    1. John (Norton Shores) says:

      Keep in mind Rocky those are nighttime temperatures, daytime temperatures will run 10-20 degrees warmer than the nighttime temps.

    2. bret says:

      Look at you spam raging with your links having a temper tantrum. Warm weather is coming who knew get used to it

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Wow! Get a grip!

        1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

          Wow temper tantrum for the delusional troll. I love it. Fantastic. Keep it coming Who knew? Doesn’t get any better than this. The troll has gone off the deep end. Fantastic.

        2. bret says:

          Boo ho warm weather coming get used to it with a possible thunderstorm who know bring it

  26. Brad (Van Buren) says:

    We need a few good rainy downpours to get the salt off the roads. Couple inches of nice soaking rain over a weeks time would be nice!

    1. bret says:

      Yup wash the salt would be nice. Warm weather is coming who knew get used to it. I love it. Bring it

      1. bret says:

        Just the facts kid. Warm weather is a few days away i love it bring it. Dont cry rock theres always next ha ha ha ha

        1. bret says:

          Next year

        2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          I see the warm weather fanatics are still not facing reality! They have been in denial all WINTER, so why change now?

  27. Uncle Sparkee says:

    Well well well my little weather hobos, 60 days till the indoor crop makes the transition to the outside crop. Your ol aunty Edna will have her closet back! Will be nice to see the ol electric bill get back under $200 smacks. Been a long winter in the back woods! I

    1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      You sound like a POT FARMER.

      1. Uncle Sparkee says:

        I’m a farmer for the poor, the hurting, and for the blood brothers of the USA.

        1. bret says:

          Yeah but is good stuff is the real question

        2. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

          I know your kind. lol

      2. Uncle Sparkee says:

        The true champion is not measured in wins, he’s measured by the smell, tastes, and Complete loss of time.

        1. INDY says:

          lolololo! INDY!!

  28. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    While milder temps look to be coming I would not put the winter coats away just yet! And also keep the snow shovels close as well. I am not saying we will get another big snow storm this spring BUT with all the cold air to our north it would not take all that much for a big heavy wet snow storm or even an ice storm. I think we will have to wait until after April 15th or so to say we are out of the woods for any more winter like weather this spring. BUT that said its more then time for it to warm up!
    Still a cold 24° here with clear skies.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Imagine that! I wonder who said that we would have COLD and SNOW right into April! Who would have thought?

  29. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    This is probably the most boring weather pattern ever… I have nothing to add to the thread right now. Ill be back more when the “warm up” arrives this weekend with all of that rain :)

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      How about the COLD and SNOW that is on the way? We have mid winter temperatures and accumulating SNOW coming! Who knew?

  30. INDY says:

    rody rody likes weather !!!! who would of thought!! INDYY!!

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      + 100 Gazillion! We all know Rodey is fixxxer and fixxxer only complains and whines about EVERYTHING!

      1. Wayne (South of GR) says:

        Rocky, please stop posting COLD and SNOW, it’s over man…..

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          More and people not facing the facts! People have been telling me for about 4 weeks now that winter is over! How has that fantasy worked out?

    2. Wayne (South of GR) says:

      Indy, I suggest you stick to something you do best, drink.
      Your forecasting has been the terrible for several years.
      And the way you treat people is terrible.
      Grow up man!

      1. INDY says:

        Bill we have the name game going tonight!!! Look out!! INDYY!

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          + 100 Million, Trillion, Gazillion!

  31. Resourceful Nana says:

    I know this winter is going in the record books for the snowfall amounts in many locations. What I don’t know is how the actual combined precipitation (rain and snow/liquid equivalent) from recent years compares to this year’s total. The two previous winters, the majority of precipitation where I’m at fell as rain, not snow. Last spring at this time, our low property had more standing water than it does today. Where do I find those total precipitation numbers?

  32. INDY says:

    Welcome to Bills blog bret who may u be under on Bills blog? Lets guess shall we!!! INDYY

    1. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

      bret is an illiterate turd.

  33. INDY says:

    3+ inches of new snow coming tonight take it slow on the roads I hope my kids have school tomorrow!!!! INDYY

  34. shelbyville says:

    It is about to get interesting…we are done with snow, here comes the thunderstorms. Looks like late next week.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      It sure look looks like we are done with the SNOW! Ya right! GR has 4 inches on the way and the Cadillac/TC area has about 6 to 10 inches on the way! Imagine that! Here is the latest GFS SNOW map!!!!! I love it!


      1. SBPortage002 says:

        Yeah don’t cry when it doesn’t happen. NWS advertising very minor accumulations.

        1. SBPortage002 says:

          Oh..then it rains= bye bye snow!!!

  35. INDY says:

    Hey wayne thanks for checking in tonight we are full on Bills blog MAN! lol! INDYY!

  36. Jack says:

    JEM Model Update….First of April = First SEVERE THUNDER STORM WATCH 4 West Michigan!!!!! Mark it Down KIDS !! get Ready for The BEST STORMS EVER !!!! Coming SOOONNN ….stay CUED………. ;-)

  37. I sure hope to see an uptick in Severe Weather in the plains coming up soon. Every day that passes the closer I get to going to Kansas!

  38. SW Kent says:

    Let’s review the facts:
    March was cool and dry and very Little snow fell as the snow depth went from 29 inches to zero in my yard. Wow….who knew?
    The 8-14 day forecasts showing 6 shades of blue with above normal precip were WAY off. It was cold, but dry. Who knew?
    Indy and Rocky’s daily post of snow, snow and snow were wrong, wrong, wrong.
    Winter is over, it may snow again and it probably will, but spring is right around the corner.
    Next Monday in Detroit……PLAY BALL!!!

    1. Jack says:

      YAY, Listening To, Ernie Harwell….. HERE ::: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr0T9c8SEUk.

    2. INDY says:

      Smoke some more sw kent still no green grass in my yard when did u say we would have green grass 2 months ago???? What a idiot!! INDYY!!

      1. SW Kent says:

        I never said green grass you drunk,
        I said we would have SOME grass showing and we did.

  39. Brian (Grandville) says:

    I’m in Midland tonight. Have to work here in the morning. I couldn’t believe how many deer I saw on the drive here this evening. I have never been here before, but it looks like the Dow chemical plant is the heart of this town.

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