Winter Storm WARNING

Central Great Lakes sector loop Radars here should update automatically.  Kent, Ottawa and Allegan Counties have been removed from the Winter Weather Advisory.  The snow is pretty much done west of a line from Benton Harbor to Lansing to Flint.  The W. Michigan radar is back working again. Here’s a link to GRR local radar.    A Winter Storm Warning expires at 7 pm for Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Jackson, Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph Branch and Hillsdale Counties down into N. Indiana for up to 6-10″ of new snow.  A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect until 7 pm for Barry, Eaton,  Ingham, Ionia and Clinton Counties for 3-6″ of new snow.   The heavier snow totals will be south with a lit less snow as you go to the north.  The heaviest snow may be from I-94 down to the Indiana Toll Road.  The N. Indiana NWS is going for 8-13″ in the Michigan counties that border Indiana.

  This is snow in Watervliet.  Gerald Hoag measured 13.1″ on the car.  In Berrien Co., Bridgeman had 13″ of new snow with 12″ at Niles.  Looks like 6-12″ in the Chicago area and 3-9″ across SE. Wisconsin. Lamont IL had 12″ of new snow.   Belvidere IL and Kenosha WI reported 9″ of new snow.  Wheaton IL has 7″ of new snow and my brother has 6.5″ in Deerfield IL.  North Aurora had 10″.

Winter Storm Warnings were also in effect for Detroit, South Bend and Chicago, where they closed the public schools for today.

Much of the snow in G.R. will fall during the early-mid morning – with a good portion of the afternoon, Friday night and Saturday snow free.

Here’s snowfall today (Fri) as of 9 am plus season snowfall and departure from average:  Grand Rapids 1.7″, 60.2″ (+5.0), Muskegon 2.4″,  85.6″ (+15.5″), Lansing 1.6″, 36.7″ (+2.2″), Kalamazoo 2.7″, 57.9″.  Other season snowfall totals:  Holland 2.2″, 70.3″, Grattan 45.5″.

We already had hundreds of school closings on our closing list.  Schools closed include Battle Creek Public, Kalamazoo Public, Benton Harbor Public and Chicago Public.

The Snow Futurecast shows the heavier snow totals Friday to the south (9-10″ at the Indiana border) and lower totals to the north (2″ from Fremont to the north).  Additional light snow accumulations are likely Saturday into Saturday night.  Roads will be snow-covered and slippery.

 Here’s the N. Indiana NWS and the G.R. NWS snowfall forecast maps for Thurs. night thru Friday night.  Tough travel along I-94, US 12 and the Toll Road.

  Great Lakes Ice Extent has reached 55.5%.  The average maximum ice extent is 55.0%.  This is the 3rd year out of the last 5 with above average ice extent.

AlsoOne small tornado and a dozen and a half reports of wind damage from thunderstorms in Alabama and W. Georgia todayDamage pics. from Jemison AL. More damage pics. Here’s video from a school bus in the Jemison Tornado.   Accu-Weather’s Spring Forecast (pretty vague, but generally right).  Seven inches of snow in Paris, FranceA foot of snow north of Albany NYFlooding in AL50 mph winds in Pensacola FL in a storm.  Wednesday’s snow brought the seasonal total at Erie PA (as of 5 pm this evening) to 152.1.” This makes 2017-2018 the snowiest season on record at Erie (previous record 149.1″ in 2000-2001),  Deep snow at Crater LakeCold pattern for the Northern Plains and Western Lakes.  Snowiest sea level site in world at 38° north is in Korea.  Second biggest snowstorm in Paris, France since 1987.

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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