Winter Storm Watch

Central Great Lakes sector loop Radars here should update automatically.  A Winter Weather Advisory continues in effect for Ottawa, Allegan, Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties until 5 pm for up to 2″ of snow.  There’s also a Winter Storm Watch from late Thurs. night thru Friday for N Indiana and far S. Michigan for 5-9″ of snow.

The main general area of snow has moved east…we had anywhere from 1/2 to 2″ of new snow.  The band of lake-effect snow has come in off the lake with another dusting to an inch.  Season snowfall as of 9 am and departure to date:  Grand Rapids 57.0″ (+2.9″), Muskegon 82.4″ (+13.7″) Lansing 34.6″ (+1.0″), Kalamazoo 54.1″.  If anyone else in W. Michigan keeps track of season snowfall, you can email me at and I’ll add you to the list.

The snow this morning generated a 1-2″ snowfall.

This is the first of several batches of accumulating snow between this morning and the weekend.  We’ll see more snow Thursday night into Friday (could be 3-6+”) and another several inches could fall from Sat. PM to Sun. AM.  Then we’ll get a break from the significant snow from Monday to Wednesday of next week.  This map is the probablity of +4″ of snow…you can see the heaviest snow from the Thurs. night/Friday system will be along and south of I-94.

  Here’s the Lake Michigan satellite pic. from Tue. PM.  Lake Michigan as of this evening is up to 33.2% ice cover, The Great Lakes total is up to 50.6% ice extent.  Holland is up to 63.2″ season snowfall.

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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