Sunday Night Snowfall

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Squirrel in my backyard this Mon. morning 3 23 20

Squirrel: “Hey, Bill” – What’s up with this snow! It’s supposed to be spring! Thanks for the birdseed!”

The snow system overperformed a little bit…a touch more snow than forecast and a touch farther north than the models first indicated. It won’t last…temps. get up to 40 this PM and the wind picks up from the west to at least 15 mph this afternoon.

Snow in the orchard across the street from my house this morning 3 23 20

I am staying at home right now, but did walk out to the driveway to get this pic. of the snow in the orchard across the street. Not only will the spring snow not hurt the apple trees, but cool weather is good at this time of year…preventing an early blossom period (like what happened in 2012).

Snow out my backdoor Mon. AM 3 23 20

Snowfall last night: Dutton/Caledonia 3.0″, Grand Rapids (airport) 2.8″, South Bend 2.6″, Holland and Zeeland 2.5″, Saranac 2.4″, Comstock Park and Hastings 2.1″, Eaton Rapids, St. Johns, Paw Paw, Palo and Fenwick 2.0″, Lansing 1.8″, Muskegon and Grattan 1.6″, Big Rapids 1.2″, Fremont 1.0″, Hart 0.2″.

Out the porch backdoor on the morning of Monday 3 23 20

This is literally out the backdoor of the porch. My favorite kind of snow…accumulates on the grass, but not on the warmer pavement, which was wet, but not slippery. Bird bath is frozen – needs to be cleaned. I really like mornings like this…snow on the ground, fire in the wood stove, hot cup of coffee, an orange and some oatmeal – a peaceful scene amid the turmoil of the world.

Snowdrop flowers AM 3 23 20

Here’s my snowdrops (white flowers). With little wind during the snow, the area under the eave stayed dry. The snowdrops wilt a little when it gets below freezing, but then perk right back up with the temperatures rise again (just like we hope the economy will come back when we defeat this virus).

Pic. from the front yard Monday AM 3 23 20

Here’s a pic. out the front door looking north. Look at the snow on the sedum looking like big snowballs. I was actually tempted to make a snowman!

Here’s updated preliminary season snowfall totals: Scottville 65.9″, Hart 60.1″, Fremont 58.7″, Bloomingdale 53.4″, Augusta 52.1″, Muskegon 51.9″, Hastings 51.7″, Kalamazoo 51.4″, Grand Rapids 51.3″, Holland 47.2″, Lansing 44.5″. Marquette is up to 182.6″ (above average snowfall over much of the U.P.).

National snow cover 3 23 20

The map above shows snow cover as of Monday AM. 21.5% of the Lower 48 states has snow on the ground. There’s thick snow over much of the Western Mountains and in northern New England.

Michigan and Wisconsin snow cover Monday AM 3 23 20

Here’s snow cover in MI and WI this Monday AM – Note the thick snow around Lake Superior. That’s the area to watch for possible spring flooding, if there is a combination of a sudden warm up combined with significant rainfall.

The Sunday night-Monday snow will extend from Iowa to Maine. Snow for the Catskills, Poconos and New England. Snow will also fall over a large portion of Europe.

This is the HRRR model (aka the “pirate model”. There will be little if any snow north of Kent County with 1-2″ from G.R. to the south. There may be a little rain mixed in as it starts. Some of this will melt on the main roads, but even main roads could get a slick spot. Here’s Regional radar:

Central Great Lakes sector loop

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Here’s current Michigan weather observations, surface weather map and the latest G.R. NWS discussion.

From the NWS: 2008: A record 6.6 inches of snow fell at Grand Rapids on the first day of Spring. Muskegon had a record 7 inches, while 8 to 14 inches of snow fell south of a line from Holland to Jackson. From me: And in the very warm and almost snowless winter of 1982-83, the snowiest day of the winter was the first day of spring, when 6″ of snow fell.

Saturday evening at the Muskegon Channel

This was shortly after sunset at the Muskegon Channel – note the boat – probably fishermen. The high temperature Saturday at the Muskegon Channel was just 31.5°. Grand Rapids reached 35° at the airport. Saturday will go down as the coolest day of this month of March. We had 92% of possible sunshine on Sat. and an average wind of 7 mph. So far, the month of March is running 4° warmer than average. This will be the first time in 4 years and the second time in 7 years that March has been warmer than average. Last year, March was 3.4° cooler than average and in 2018, March was 1.3° cooler than average.

Long Range temperature forecast thru 4/4

The long range outlook from thru April 4 shows warmer than average in E. North America and colder than average from the Pacific NW to Alaska.

ALSO: Skiing in the Alps on Saturday. Saturday’s national high/low temps: 93° at Miles City, FL; -20° at Sea Gull Lake, MN (a pretty cold temp. for spring). Valdez AK has seven FEET of snow on the ground. Giant message on the Omni Hotel in Dallas. Beautiful sunshine at Fish Creek, Alberta on Sat. The sparkling water of Little River Canyon in AL. Spring in Alabama with the blossoms out and the forsythia in bloom. 5 minutes of the best plays of the Detroit Lions in 2019. Waterfall. Another beautiful waterfall (I’ve been here – when it was raining). Texas lightning. E-quake in Croatia.

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