Cold Pattern Thru the Middle of Next Week

Central Great Lakes sector loop   Snowfall:  3.5″ Rives Junction (near Jackson), 3″ St. Johns (north of Lansing), 3″ Mason (Ingham Co.) 1.3″ Kalamazoo, 1″ Grattan (NE Kent Co.),  Three inches of new snow has fallen in St. Johns north of Lansing.  Grand Rapids has had about 1/2-1″ of snow.  We had 70 closings this AM.  The snow has pretty much ended in W. Michigan.  The last of the snow will exit SE Michigan this evening.  The lake-effect band of snow should stay offshore of most of West Michigan because the wind is north to north-northeast.  That snow will move onshore in N. Indiana and perhaps Chicago.  The cool air is here to stay for awhile.  Both the European and GFS models have G.R. staying below freezing for about a week.  The European would give G.R. about 2-4″ of snow between Sun. night and Tues. night.  There are a handful of Flood Advisories in West Michigan, nothing serious. 

Temperatures have dropped into the upper teens-mid 20s, so the snow stuck to the roads.  Wind chill factors are running from +2 to +15.  Up top, a screen grab from Bittersweet Ski Area where the groomer is out and they still have plenty of snow.  Bittersweet will open at 3 pm and Cannonsburg at 4 pm.

Grand Rapids set a record high temperature of 58 Thursday, a new record high temperature for Jan. 11.  The old record was 55 in 1980.  Muskegon tied a record daily high of 56, first set in 2012. The average high temp. for G.R. is 31, so that high yesterday was 27 deg. warmer than average. A quick peek at the record book shows Grand Rapids has made 58 deg. at least 21 times. The warmest January temp. ever in G.R. was 66 on Jan. 25, 1950.  Lansing’s record high for the day was 63 way back in 1890.  Lansing’s high yesterday was 59.  Muskegon also set a record daily rainfall for Thursday with 0.85″.  The old record was 0.84″ in 2013.  Despite the warm day yesterday (and the high of 40 today that occurred at 12:01 am), Grand Rapids is still 5.5 degrees colder than average this month.  This will likely be the 3rd month in a row with below average temperatures in W. Michigan.

Also:  Impressive flash flood in BrazilAnother pic. of the amazing amount of snow in NW Italy.  And look at the heavy snow in France. Flooding in FranceNice shelf cloud in Argentina.  Check out the low clouds/fog moving in with the cold front in Oklahoma yesterdayLenticular cloud over Crete.  Light snow is falling this AM all the way down to central Mississippi.  Snow at Pigeye, AlabamaNew technology to help with winter count of monarch butterfliesFireball over the AlpsTime-lapse of ice jam on the Ausable River breaking loose in Au Sable Forks NY. Video starts at noon and ends at 3pm.

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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