Warm, then Cold

Central Great Lakes sector loop Radars here should update automatically.   It’ll be cloudy, breezy and warmer d with a chance of a sprinkle or a little drizzle and there will be at least some light fog as relatively warm, moist air comes over the snow.  Temperatures will climb to the low-mid 40s this Thursday PM and will hold steady or even go up a few degrees tonight.  Thursday likely will be the warmest day of January with temps. reaching the low-mid 50s.  Rain is likely Thursday and the combination of melting snow and rain will cause a lot of puddles.  Some sewers are blocked by ice and snow and that means some ponding of water on roads.  Temps. fall below freezing later Thurs. night and that means things will get icy again.  The models have high temps. in the upper teens to low 20s from Sat. to Mon…so it’s back to winter. With the cold air on Fri./Fri. night – ski areas should be able to make snow and groom the slopes into better shape for the weekend.


We’ll have to watch for the precipitation to change over to a brief period of freezing rain and then snow Thursday night…especially in Coldwater, Jackson – areas along and east of I-69.

Wow!  Look at THIS SNOW!   Pics. of the Strait of Mackinac.

As I write this 13 fatalities in the California mudslides.  Storm total rainfall:  9.68″ Mining Ridge, 5.55″ Kentfield, 3.46″ San Francisco, 2.89″ Oakland.  24-Hour totals:  2.51″ Pasadena, 2.44″ Santa Barbara, 2.09″ Burbank, 1.37″ Sacramento, 1.31″, Las Vegas 1.47″, Death Valley 0.46″.  Here’s a list of rainfall totals in CA.

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 conditionsCool U.S. satellite loop.

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