Snow Sunday?

Bill's Blog

A few of our computer models were forecasting a very narrow band of rain/snow mix across N. Illionis, N. Indiana into N. Ohio this Sunday. While some snow may mix in (again best place to see any snow would be N. Indiana), accumulating snow is unlikely at this point. The Northern Indiana National Weather Service says: “THERE HAS UNFORTUNATELY BEEN A TREND IN GUIDANCE FOR SNOW TO MIX IN AS STRONG DYNAMIC FORCING/COOLING POTENTIALLY OVERWHELMS. THIS APPEARS TO BE MOST FAVORABLE IN A VERY SMALL CORRIDOR…GENERALLY NORTH OF US 30 IN NRN IN/FAR NW OH BETWEEN 8 am and noon. CONFIDENCE IS LOW, BUT THERE WAS JUST ENOUGH EVIDENCE IN THE 12Z GUIDANCE TO ADD A CHANCE FOR SNOW TO MIX IN THESE AREAS.”

At 4 am Sunday, La Porte IN was reporting mixed precipitation. Light snow actually accumulated in parts of NE Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Coldwater reporting light snow at 1 pm Sunday

At 1 pm Sunday – Coldwater reported “light snow” and 40 degrees (any snow would melt on contact with the ground). I did not see any snow when I looked at the Coldwater webcam.

It was warmer as you went farther north on Sunday. The temperature was 52 at 1 pm in Grand Rapids and 59 at the Muskegon Airport.

Mont Ripley Sat. evening 5 8 21

This pic. above is Mont Ripley near Houghton in the U.P. As you can see, they still have some rather large patches of snow left. Saturday AM, temps. were as cold as the low 20s in Upper Michigan.

Snow at Sylvan Pass, Wyoming

There’s still plenty of snow in parts of Yellowstone N.P. this is Sylvan Pass (pic. from the Yellowstone N.P. facebook page).

Panoramic view of the Alyeska Ski Area

The Alyeska Ski Resort is still open and they have lots of snow…115″ (over 9 1/2 feet) of snow on the ground and they’ve had 735″ of snow (so far – it’s not over) this winter. Here’s a pic. from their webcam Saturday PM.

2.6″ of snow fell at Grassy Butte ND – snow was also falling at Williston and Hettinger ND.

  • The most significant rainfall has been down across N. Indiana. The northernmost edge of the rain will come up close to Kent Co. with dry conditions north of Kent County. There will be a chance of frost and a freeze each of the next several early mornings, with the best chance of that in Central and Northern Lower Michigan.
Regional radar
Severe Weather Outlook Map for Sunday 5/9/51

Severe Thunderstorms are expected today in the lower Mississippi Valley this Sunday night. There’s an Slight Risk Area (in yellow on the map) from Texas to Tennessee and NW Alabama Storms will stay south of Michigan.

Also: Sunspot twice as wide as Earth could fire eruptions straight at the Earth.

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