Update: Morning run of the GFS out 16 days looks like mid-January rather than early March. Nearly 1500 light cancellations in the US as weather disrupts travel across much of the country. At 1 pm, a few flurries…temperatures: 17 Kalamazoo, 15 Grand Rapids, 13 Rockford, 9 Big Rapids, 0 Mackinac Is., -7 Houghton (with a wind chill of -30). Winds are light and variable in West Michigan. Thundersnow in Chicago last night. Thundersleet and thundersnow today from N. Texas to Missouri. Look at this picture of cloud-ground lightning with snow and sleet on the ground! Sunset on Mars (note the sun is smaller, not quite as bright with a bluish tint to the sky). Billings, MT, dropped to 21 below zero F this morning, setting an all-time March record low. Kansas City likely to shatter coldest March high temp of 11 degrees. Current high is 5.
Click on the map to enlarge. This map shows high temperatures from Saturday. Look at the very cold air from Eastern Washington State (high 15 at Spokane) across Montana (-12 Lewistown, -11 Great Falls), North Dakota (-15 Devils Lake, -12 Jamestown) into Minnesota (-11 International Falls). Highs were only 3 at Houghton MI, 1 at Mason City IA, 2 at Chadron, NE and you can see some incredible contrast (26 Colorado Spring to 70 at Trinidad CO and 85 at Lubbock TX to 27 at Guymon OK. We may see a little sunshine later today (esp. north of G.R.) and it’s likely that most areas will be below zero once again Monday morning. We’ll get another round of light snow early Tuesday (1-2″) and maybe a mix late this week. Here’s current conditions and regional radar. Grand Rapids added 2.4″ of snow on Saturday and the season snowfall is now 110.2″. Muskegon reported 2.6″ of new snow Saturday and 126.2″ for the season. Lansing added 3.4″ on Saturday for a season total of 61.4″. Holland’s (unofficial) season snowfall is now at 146.3″. The modern record for Holland is 159.9″. The Grand Rapids record season snowfall is 132″ at the airport and 144″ downtown in 1951-52. For Meteorological Winter (the 3 months of Dec., Jan., Feb.), Grand Rapids had 105.6″ of snow and that is a 3-month winter record. Grand Rapids was 6.2° colder than average for the season and we had only 21% of possible sunshine. We had 66 days when the temperature stayed below freezing compared to an average of 41 days and we had a whopping 61 days with measurable snowfall. Also, a strong 6.4 magnitude e-quake hit just off the west coast of Nicaragua and a 6.6 earthquake in the Ryukyu Islands. Tropical Storm Faxai churns SE of Guam.