Sunday Snow

Central Great Lakes sector loop   We get a break from the snow this week.  Much of West Michigan has had 20″ of snow so far this month.  Main roads have been plowed and are in pretty good shape.  Side streets, lesser-traveled rural roads, sidewalks, parking lots and driveways are likely to still have slick spots.

  Grand Rapids has had measurable snowfall now 10 days in a row. Our average Feb. snowfall is 14.8″ in G.R. and we’re already at 20.4″.  We have 10″ of snow on the ground in G.R. – tying Dec. 16 for most snow on the ground this winter.  Season snowfall:  Muskegon 90.6″, Holland 75.8″, Oshtemo 73.2″, Kalamazoo 66.7″, Grand Rapids 66.5″, Grattan 49.0″, Lansing 44.9″.

This graphic from the NWS worked out pretty well.

The Advisory extends down into Northern Indiana and Northwest Ohio where they are forecasting 3-5″ of new snow.  A little freezing rain did mix in across N. Indiana and NW Ohio.

  The Advisory covered all of SE Michigan, where again a little freezing rain did mix in from the Ann Arbor and Detroit areas to the south.

Great Lakes ice extent has jumped to 64.3% on Saturday  This is the 2nd highest % of ice cover for any Feb. 10 in the last 24 years. The average ice cover extent for the date is 38.1%. Last year we had 13.0% ice extent on this date and on 2/10/16, we had just a 5% ice cover.

The first 10 days of Feb. have been 6.1 deg. colder than avg. in G.R. and we have had only 10% of possible sunshine.  We have had measurable snow 9 days in a row.

Here’s a Lake Michigan satellite pic. from Sat. PM – it was sunny across much of Wisconsin and N. Lower Michigan.  Looks like Torch Lake (a deep lake and slow to freeze over) has frozen over and there is some ice in Traverse Bay.

Also:  Pics. of giant hailstones in Cordova, ArgentinaVideo of very strong t-storm winds in BrazilSpectacular halo in Germany.  Whoa!!  Hang on, guys!  It’s official- Chicago ties record for nine consecutive days with measurable snowfall.  Since the start of December 2017, Los Angeles has only received 24% of its normal rainfall.  Brilliant halo in British Columbia.

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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