That’s me and my daughter, Marie riding in the Grand Rapids Santa Clause Parade Sat. morning on the left and many of the WOOD anchors who walked in the parade this am. I got a very nice Proclamation from the City of Grand Rapids for my 40 years on TV here in W. Michigan. Thank you so much Grand Rapids…and thanks to all of you who have watched me over these years!! I very much appreciate the volunteers, many from Bill’s Blog, who came out to help pass out Bill’s mustaches and bookmarks. After I finished that parade, I headed to Hudsonville to walk in their Holiday Parade. After the parade, Hudsonville has cookies, punch, cocoa…Santa and Mrs. Santa are there…live reindeer and I really enjoyed the Hudsonville H.S. jazz band. Lots of people…especially lots of kids at both parades. Half a dozen people told me they love the blog. I did a bit of shopping…now back home watching football. My wife’s alma mater, Illinois was ahead of Penn St. heading into the 4th quarter, but Penn St. has gone on top. Indiana is on top of Ohio State at this point. Michigan State is rolling.
Everyone in the state of Michigan is above freezing now. Cadillac was reporting low visibilities in fog and snow, but that won’t last long. The fluffy lake-effect snow is compacting and melting. Most roads are just wet. I did have to scrape ice off my car windows before heading downtown to the parade. It’s 38° in G.R. and 43° in Muskegon and S. Haven. There is less snow at the shoreline and the air is coming off the 43° water. There is warm air moving our way. It’s in the mid-upper 50s at Lafayette IN across central Illinois, with a gusty south wind bring up air with dewpoints in the mid-upper 40s. So, our snow will continue to melt down.
The morning run of the NAM has a maximum temp. of 47° early Monday am (that model has been running a little low on temps.). The GFS plot take the temp. to 50° early Monday morning. So the snow should melt off except for the bigger piles. Both models print out a lot of rain. The NAM has 1.06″ mostly coming Sunday evening/night. The GFS-plot has a whopping 1.93″ of rain for G.R. The temperature drops from 50° during the day Monday with a maximum wind of 27 mph (it’s windy on Monday) and then 0.28″ when it’s cold enough to snow…so that could be 2-4″ of snow into Tuesday, with temps. in the upper 20s most of Tues…the puddles turn to ice. Watch for icy roads from Monday evening thru at least Tuesday night. The GFS plot has high temps. beginning Weds. for G.R. of 33,32,27,23…with lots of lake-effect snow showers.