3:15 am – Flurries linger in the lakeshore counties during the early morning. I saw two city plows out as I left the station to drive home. One was doing a masterful job trying to deal with the parked cars that are on the sides of the streets. The streets narrow as cars park a bit away from the curb and it’s hard to get thru some of the streets when cars are parked like that on both sides. Observe the odd-even parking if you can. I had zero when I pulled into the driveway with a bright full “snow” moon and the planet Jupiter racing the moon to the western horizon. The snow crunches when it gets cold and there’s an added crunch from the touch of freezing drizzle Tues. evening. At 3 pm, the wind has turned northeast at S. Haven and Muskegon. This is called “cold air drainage. Air over the lake is warmer relative to the land, so it rises and colder air from the land drains into the lake from all sides. So we have northeast winds now at Muskegon and S. Haven, a southwest wind at Traverse City draining unto the bay, the wind is west at Sheboygan, Milwaukee and Racine, Wisconsin and down at Chicago. The coldest temps. are up north, where at 3 am, Cadillac is down to -9 and Grayling has -17.
Both the European and GFS models give us around 1/10th inch of precipitation this weekend…not much, but that could include a little freezing rain. Then we get a couple inches of snow next Weds./Thurs. as a fresh batch of Arctic air arrives. The European gives G.R. morning lows a little below zero on Tues., Thurs., Fri., and Sat. of next week.
Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, NAM model 3-day snowfall forecast and GFS model 5-day snowfall forecast. Storm Total Snowfall will show the heaviest snow and Milwaukee looping radar. Regional radar and the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. More links: Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s 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, 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. 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 recent 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 (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan wind gusts from MesoWest, data from the MAWN agricultural weather stations and Weather Underground (data at the bottom from private weather stations). Here’s the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map