Last update from Oak Ridge, TN – We leave for home in a half hour. The Winter Weather Advisory has been extended to include the next set of counties inland…Kent, Barry, Calhoun, Newaygo and Osceola. The Advisory runs thru 4 pm today (Thu.), but pockets and snow and flurries will continue after that. An Additional 2-4 inches is possible in the main snow band late this AM into this PM.
This is our Storm Team 8 skycam at Jenison at 9:30 am showing the moderate snowfall and a couple inches on the ground. Here’s some snowfall totals in West Michigan as of 7 am: 3″ Allendale and Grandville, 2″ Hopkins and Hastings, 1″ Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Kentwood, East Gr. Rapids, Fremont and Caledonia with half an inch in Kalamazoo. Check out the WOOD webcams to see how much snow is on the ground. Saturday could be the day with the most snow and the day when more of the area could see slick roads. The Road Commissions say they will concentrate on main roads and get to side streets when they can. Here’s the WOOD closing list. I-94 was closed both directions at 9:30 am at M-40 (exit 60) in Van Buren County due to a crash.
Here’s a pic. from the S. Haven Channel Weds AM. Waves were crashing over the piers and breakwaters. The peak gust at the S. Haven Channel Tues. night was 53.3 mph and at the Muskegon Channel 51.9 mph. Small Craft Advisories continue for Lake Michigan until at least 7 pm Fri.
This is snowmaking at Cannonsburg Tues. night…there will be LOTS of snow-making over the next week. Here’s Michigan ski conditions. Many resorts are only open weekends right now with school in session, but they should be in good shape for the Christmas to New Year’s week. From Dr. Judah Cohen: “…waiting to see if winter 2018 temperatures follow winter trends of more widespread cold across the N Hemisphere.”
Here’s the N. Indiana NWS graphic on the lake-effect snow. Snow cover this AM: 1″ Gaylord, St. Ignace, Fife Lake, E. Jordan, Watersmeet, Paulding, Michigamme, 3″ Petoskey, 5″ Cedarville and Copper Harbor, 6″ Ironwood, 7″ Jacobsville, 8″ Hancock and Calumet, 9″ Painesdale. NAM model prediction snow in the Deep South (is probably overdone).
Also: Strong winds continue to hamper fire fighters in CA. Number of wildfires in the U.S. in 2017 is 6th highest in the last 11 years…an average year in terms of number of wildfires. Beautiful Everglades sunset. Nice pic. of the Northern Lights. Northern Hemisphere tropical cyclone activity 2nd quietest on record, only behind 2012 when looking at least 50-years of reliable info. ACE of 9 was well below average but not unexpected considering the Western Pacific had one of its historically weakest years. If anything, global tropical cyclone activity has decreased in the last 20 years. 4.2 magnitude e-quake in CA – east-northeast of San Diego and a 3.8 magnitude aftershock. Heavy snow in Norway. Las Vegas has not seen a drop of rain since 9/13 – 3rd longest stretch ever. A few spots in Mexico see snow before much of the northern U.S. Heavy snow in Turkey. Heavy winds in S. CA fanning the wildfires. Awesome atmospheric optics. Another pic. from the Austrian Alps. Lenticular cloud in Bulgaria. Gusts to 104 mph in the mountains of N. Scotland. Snow in Utah. 40″ of new snow at Thompson Pass AK. Don’t think I’d want to be driving on I-405 tonight. Snow coming to Ireland and the U.K.