Chance of Rain in W. Michigan – Snow and Truly Cold Air Stays to our West

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The top pic. is snow in Yellowstone National Park. Heavy snow fell throughout a large portion of the Rockies and Black Hills Area of S. Dakota. 20″ was reported west of Buffalo WY, with 15″ at Lovell and 12″ near Shell WY. Lander WY had 7.9″ and Casper WY reported 6.1″. 5″ fell at Jackson Hole. I-80 was closed in WY and I-90 was closed in western SD. Here’s snow at Bozeman Pass.

Snowfall in S. Dakota totaled 27″ ENE of Deadwood. That’s a lot of snow! A gust to 79 mph was recorded at Wasta SD. 3.5″ of rain fell at Box Elder SD. Here’s a complete list of snow and rain totals and peak gusts with the storm.

Rainfall Tuesday in W. Michigan (some of which was lake-enhanced) totaled 0.57″ in Comstock Park, 0.38″ at Holland, 0.37″ in Grand Rapids (airport), 0.23″ at Muskegon and 0.12″ in Kalamazoo. Since Jan. 1, Grand Rapids has had 30.43″ of precipitation and that’s 1.11″ below average.

October 1-13 was 11.3 degrees warmer than average in G.R. – the warmest start to October we’ve ever had. We’ll be mild today – cooler starting Friday, with Saturday likely being the chilliest day. Some heavy rain in a few showers and storms of Gr. Rapids this Thur. PM.

  • There is a chance of a shower or t-shower this PM east a line from Greenville to Kalamazoo, Friday and Saturday.
  • Saturday will be a cloudy, breezy and chilly day with temps. in the low-mid 50s. We’ll likely need Small Craft Advisories for Lake Michigan. There will be a chance of waterspouts on the lake Saturday. Dry weather returns for Sunday and Monday, Here’s the latest G.R NWS Forecast Discussion.

Snow near Spearfish SD – from a SDDOT camera

Check out the snow in western South Dakota. Final storm totals: 22.5″ Deadwood, 22.0″ Whitewood, 21″ at Bozeman MT, 19.2″ at Terry Park SD, 18″ at Gillette WY.

G.R. has had measurable rain on 10 of the first 14 days of the month.

Forecast High Temperatures for Saturday

Here’s forecast high temperatures for Saturday, mid 50s in West Michigan.

Forecast High Temperatures for Alaska

Here’s forecast high temperatures for Alaska. Lots of 20s and 30s with 40s combined to areas along the coast of the Gulf of Alaska. Sometime in November, the pattern will shift and we’ll start tapping this cold air from Alaska and N. Canada. It’ll be quite a change. As I have said, we’ll have a little earlier start to winter, with both cold and snow this year. Lake Michigan is relatively warm (early Thu. AM, the water temp. is 67 at the Port Sheldon buoy. It could cook back to average before it gets cold enough for lake-effect snow. It the lake is still warm when the Arctic air arrives, it could mean significant early lake-effect snowfall.

Alsowatch a big ship come into the channel at Duluth MN.

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