Weekend Weather and Friday’s Snow

Central Great Lakes sector loop Radars here should update automatically, including the West Michigan radar. We will have a couple areas of snow moving thru the area today (Sat.) and tomorrow (Sun.), which could produce 1-3″ of snow this weekend…so, not a big storm, but enough to produce icy spots.  At noon Sat., the band of snow is east of a line from S. Haven to Gr. Rapids and moving east.  Snow from Friday’s storm will keep the side streets, lesser-traveled rural roads, sidewalks driveways and parking lots a big slick in places. Temperatures will remain below freezing thru the weekend.

The overnight GFS gives G.R. 0.05″ of precipitation today and 0.12″ Sunday…that would be maybe an inch of snow today and 2″ tomorrow.  The European model has 0.06″ today for G.R. and 0.21″ on Sunday…that would be an inch of snow today and maybe 3″ on Sunday.  The coming week looks mostly dry…with the Euro. printing out 0.01″ of snow Tues. night and 0.01″ of rain Weds. night.   That model has the next decent storm around the 19th with that being mostly rain or a mix.

This pic. is from Gerald Hoag, who measured 13.1″ of new snow in Watervliet (Berrien Co.).

Here’s some snowfall totals from Friday, along with season snowfall and (departure from average):  Grand Rapids 4.1″, 62.6″ (+7.4″), Muskegon 3.5″, 86.7″ (+16.6″), Lansing 5.3″ (a daily record), 40.4″, (+5.9″), South Bend IN 10.3″ (a daily record), 79.8″ (+31.1″), Fort Wayne 1.0″, 25.8″ (2.3″).

Here’s some snow totals from the G.R. NWS.

Great Lakes ice cover took a big jump Friday and is now at 62.5%.  The average maximum Great Lakes ice cover during the winter is 55%.  Some of the ice is floating and fragile

Also:  Video of hail/flooding rain in SardiniaThe coming polar vortex splitIce falling off a plane narrowly misses a car and two people on the street.

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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