Finally, we have an 8-14 Day Outlook that is forecasting near average temperatures. This is for the last 7 days of April. Average temperatures for this period start in the low 60s, so this will be a big step up from the 30s we had last week. We’ll started to moderate Saturday afternoon as temps. got back into the low-mid 50s. This Sunday we have a chance of an AM shower with a weak front coming through…then we may see some sun in the PM (esp. NW of G.R.). We’ll be back into the low-mid 50s, though once again it’ll be cooler near Lake Michigan. Here’s radar:
Here’s G.R. radar above and regional radar below:
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The Friday snow was from G.R. to the south. The storm weakened a bit as it comes east…it did produce up to a foot of snow in western Iowa and 8″ at Omaha NE. Snowfall totals in Michigan included 6.2″ at Litchfield in Hillsdale Co. and 6″ at Three Rivers, Moore Park and Coldwater. Vicksburg in Kalamazoo Co. had 5.5″ of snow. Just a trace for me in Alpine Township NW of G.R. Much of the snow melted on the main roads and what didn’t disappeared quickly on Saturday as temps. reached the 50s.
On April 17 1961, G.R. was digging out from an 11.8″ snowfall on the 16th. That was the biggest snow event we’ve ever had in the month of April.
Three straight days of unseasonably cold air, with highs in the 30s, have pushed April into the negative column on temperatures. Through Thursday, G.R. is 1.3 deg. colder than average for the month. April snowfall through Thursday in G.R. has been 2.2″. Average for April is 1.8″.
ALSO: Check out the cool satellite loop of the clouds forming just inland from Lake Michigan. The April sun is pretty high in the sky and heats the unseasonably cold air…causing convective clouds to form a rather “lumpy” sky.