Winter Weather Advisory

Central Great Lakes sector loop Radars here should update automatically.  The band of lake-effect snow will continue to drift to the west as winds shift to the northeast during the day.

A Winter Weather Advisory for Oceana, Mason and Manistee Counties to the north ends at 10 am –  for a trace to 2″ of snow and the possibility of slick spots on roads.   It will be cold enough to stick to roads and slick spots are expected, esp. close to the lake.  Snow showers are also likely early today from far western Van Buren Co. and Berrien Co. around the lake to Chicago later tonight and slick spots are possible there.

Snowfall as of midnight:  0.2″ at Grand Rapids and Lansing.  There was enough snow to cause a few slide offs.  A salt truck was called to US 131 north of 10 Mile Road because of a couple of slide offs.  Looks some more significant snow around the 19th-21st.  Thanksgiving week looks cold over much of the Eastern U.S.

Winter Storm Warnings end at 7 am for the U.P. east of Marquette  and for Charlevoix, Mancelona and Kalkaska Counties in NW Lower Michigan for 3-7″ of new snow.  Snow in Lower Michigan totaled 5.1″ at Waters and 4.6″ at Mancelona by midnight.

Our Snow Futurecast shows most areas get nothing to a dusting.  An inch or two is possible in far west Oceana and Mason Counties and also south of S. Haven right along the lake into N. Indiana.

Here’s a sunset pic. from Thunder Bay Island near Alpena – showing the snow showers over Lake Huron.  Low temperature records were set Thursday:  16 at Pellston, 14 at Gaylord, 7 at S. Ste. Marie and -13 at Intl. Falls MN broke their daily record by 13 degrees!  It was also 35 deg. colder than the average low temp. for the date.

New snow (mainly U.P.):  14″ White Pine, 12″ Allouez, 11″ Calumet, 10″ Painesdale, Redridge, Bruce Crossing and Houghton, 8″ Hancock, 7 Big Bay, Eben Jct. and Houghton, 6″ Ironwood, Twin Lakes, Round Lake, Laurium, Chassell, Rockland and Paulding, 5″ Herman, 4.5″ at Manistique, 4″ Pickford, 3″ S. Ste. Marie, 2″ Mullett Lake.

Peak winds:  50 mph Bay Mills, 49″ mph Ford River, 48 mph Grand Marais, 47 mph Munising, Keweenaw Point and Stannard Rock, 46 mph Copper Harbor and Northpoirt, 45 mph Presque Isle, 44 mph Pellston and Mackinaw City, 41 mph Mackinac Is.  Waves at the S. Haven buoy peaked at 11.2 feet on Friday.

   This is the coldest night since the middle of last March.  Add the wind and you get a wind chill dropping to 5 to 10 above.  Today will be a chilly day.  The high of 32 would be 19 degrees colder than average.  Will some sunshine and a fairly light wind, it should still be a pretty nice day.

Also:  Very cold air builds over Alaska.

Links: Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, Milwaukee radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar, Regional radar, the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. 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, the National warning/watch/advisory map, and a surface weather map. Here’s the 84-Hour snow forecast from the NAM model and the 120-hour snow forecast from the GFS model. 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 links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), 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 ski conditions. Cool U.S. satellite loop.

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