Winter Weather Advisory Until 5 am

Central Great Lakes sector loop Radars here should update automatically.  A Winter Weather Advisory runs to 5 am.  The Advisory included much of N. Illinois and N. Indiana.  I’m thinking about 1-3″ of snow with the least being up toward Mt. Pleasant, where you may not get more than a dusting.  Temperatures will be in the mid-teens, plenty cold enough for the snow to stick to even main roads.  Most of today will be dry with another 1-2″ of snow likely Tuesday night.  Practically every 24-hour period, we’ll have a chance of at least several hours of snow this week.  No big storms.  The Mon. afternoon European model didn’t take G.R. up to the freezing mark (32° is the average high temperature now) until early next week.

The same system that is moving thru West Michigan this evening dumped up to 5″ of snow in Iowa today and contributed to a 50-vehicle pile-up on I-35 near Ames, Iowa.  An update now reports that there was one fatality, 4 serious injuries and a number of minor injuries. (pic. from KWOI).

Here’s high temperatures from Sunday.  Cold high temperatures yesterday:  Minneapolis +4°, Ironwood MI +2°, Eau Claire WI -1°, Devils Lake ND 0°, Glasgow MT -4°, Watertown SD +3°, Norfolk NE +9°,   Some warm high temps:  Brownsville and MacAllen TX 90°, Fort Myers FL 81°, Phoenix AZ 80°, San Francisco 75°, New Orleans 71°, Portland OR 60°, Boise ID 60°, Seattle 55°.  The desert SW isn’t having much of a winter…it’s been and will continue to be warm and dry.

This is going to be an awesome week for winter sports…fresh snow and temps. below freezing but not outrageously cold.  These are Sunday evening pics (during the Super Borl)

Also:  Over 5″ of rain fell in Lihue, Hawaii – some roads are closed due to Flooding.  The path of snow Monday and Monday night looks like a smile.

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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