Thursday PM – Snow showers/flurries and continued cold…I just shoveled about 2″ of new snow off the driveway late morning…a small amount of drifting. With a strong SW wind, the lake-effect is centered inland in Kent Co. 45 cars in the ditches, spun out – including 2 police cars on US 31 in Muskegon County. 4-car crash on Broadmoor and 76 – crashes on M-6 near Wilson Ave. The car two in front of me spun out on the expressway coming home from work. People are just driving too fast for conditions. I’m off today – I’m working the other 6 days of this week. Today is my wife’s birthday. Check out the dust devil in Australia. We have our first river ice jam/flooding…on the Manistee River near Cadillac. There’s Lake-Effect Snow Advisories for the Keewenaw Peninsula and areas east of Marquette in the U.P. for another 4-8″ of snow. The morning run of the NAM (caribou) doesn’t give us much snow over the weekend, 1.3″ of G.R. and 2.4″ for Jackson…an inch for Lansing with the bulk of the snow from the low pressure center east into Ohio. Here the GFS Model…could be another big snow for Philadelphia. GFS showing lots of sub-zero cold Christmas morning across the northern U.S. Lake Michigan keeping us on the positive side of zero. Still time to escape the cold in S. Florida. Check out the snow in Jerusalem today! Here’s the European model -deep freeze across the northern U.S. Joe Bastardi: ” dreadful cold outbreak for Christmas week for US. Could rival outbreaks of 1983, 1989″. Check out the cool aurora pics. here.
Links: Grand Rapids radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s the College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, and a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Check out Storm Total Rainfall (until they reset it). Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the Maranatha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy, the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy, the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington, the weather station at Manistee Harbor and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan wind gusts from MesoWest, data from the MAWN agriculutural weather stations and Weather Underground (data at the bottom from private weather stations. Check out the webcam at Krupp’s Resort, where they are pushing toward 2 feet of snow on the ground. Check out the cold temps. on the U.S. Low Temperature map. Here’s the morning run of the NAM forecast snow amounts. Here’s a live look at the Houghton Bridge.
We’ll have to watch for ice jams on Michigan rivers as the cold air settles in next week. Here’s some river water temps. Also, many inland lakes will be icing up in the next 10 days. Beware of early thin ice. Check out our new Lakes and Rivers Webpage.