Slick Spots on Area Roads

This is a picture from the National Weather Service in G.R. showing their building this AM – As of 5 am, G.R. had picked up 2.4″ of snow, bringing our season snowfall total up to 59.1″.  We had 37″ of that in the month of December, when the snow depth was up to 9″.  Snowfall amounts range from 1″ to 3″ as of 2 pm. Kalamazoo has had 2.4″ of new snow and they are up to 65.4″ for the season.  At 1 pm, Paw Paw had 2 1/4″ of new snow with 2 3/4″ at Mattawan.   Flake size has been small, which limited accumulations.  We should see just a few lingering flurries tonight.  There were literally dozens of slide-offs in the area this AM, but main roads have been salted and are in better shape now.  However, we’ll see icy spots tonight and temperatures fall after sunset. Temperatures will stay cold…northeast winds are bringing down some chilly air. At 5 PM temperatures were between 24 and 29 in our area, 18 at Mackinac Island.  The most snow on the ground in Lower Michigan is 6″ at Rogers City and the most in the U.P. is 32″ at Grand Marais.

  This is the National Weather Hazards Map…the Winter Weather Advisory for W. Michigan has been cancelled….there are Winter Storm Warnings for most of the Northeast.  The snow will not only make ground travel slow, but it’s affecting big cities from Chicago to Washington D.C. up into New England.  There’s a Lake-Effect Snow Warning for Chicago and Milwaukee for 5-10″ of lake-effect snow (with a northeast wind, the lake-effect is on the other side of Lake Michigan for a change.   Blizzard Warning for NYC, Long Is. and S. Connecticut.

Consumers Energy line worker As of 7:40 pm – Consumers Energy reports only 486 customers without power.  . That includes 433 customers between White Lake and Duck Lake in Muskegon Co..  DTE Energy still has about 38,000 customers without power…down from a high of 800,000 last Weds. evening.

Links:  Current Michigan Weather conditions, G.R. radar, regional radar, WOODTV closing list.   More info in the thread below this one.

Also:  Cold pattern in the East, with very few thunderstorms anywhere in the U.S. through most of this weekNice pic. of stars at Zion N.PCyclone Enawo did significant damage and flooding on the island of Madagascar.  Over an inch of snow fell as far south as Wilmington NC and western SC Monday morning.

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