Warmer, yes…but we’ll get cool days in AprilMarch 24th, 2014 at 9:42 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Our warmest temperatures in nearly four months are coming early next week. However, don’t get too used to it. The latest 8-14 day outlook for the first week of April (temperatures on the left and precipitation on the right – click on the images to enlarge) from the Climate Prediction Center shows a higher probability for below average temperatures and above average rainfall. We can deal with another week of relatively cool temperatures. The average high temperatures are going up at a good clip now. The average high for today is 48°. By Friday (the 28th) it’s 50°. It hits 55° on April 7 and on April 19th, the average high temperature for G.R. is 60°. I’m more concerned about the above average precipitation. Our ground is damp and heavy rains may cause significant flooding even into mid-April this year. Up north, there is still a lot of snow and any combination of heavy rain and melting snow could cause significant flooding in N. Lower and Upper Michigan.
Updated Season Snowfall Totals (as of 5 pm Tues.): Grand Rapids 114.1″, Kalamazoo 112.8″, Muskegon 131.1″, Holland (est.) 150.4″.
Overnight model data: There is a chance of slippery roads early Thursday with some mixed precipitation. By midday, everyone is above freezing and getting rain. Rainfall amounts for G.R. from Thurs. am to Fri. am: 0.59″ on the European model, 1.09″ on the GFS plot. Both models have temps. in the 50s here next Sun. and Mon. – low-mid 50s Sun. and mid-upper 50s on Mon. The GFS has storm systems coming thru around 4/3 and 4/9.