Rain and Snow Showers, Breezy and Cold

Bill's Blog

Today and over the weekend, we’ll see periods of rain and snow. At times the snow may stick, especially on the grassy areas. Temperatures will be mostly above freezing, but some slippery spots are possible on roads, especially at night and in the early morning. Remember that bridges and overpasses can be colder (air getting underneath the road surface as opposed to the relatively warmer ground) and can start accumulating snow before the main part of the road will start accumulating. Leave enough interval between you and the vehicle in front of you so that you can stop if needed.

Hail in Holland Thursday Night from Jamie Vanderhenst

Last night Lake Michigan helped touch off a line of showers and thundershowers that moved inland and slowly diminished as they came east to US 131. There was a 47 mph gust at Ludington and the Muskegon Beach reported a steady wind of 35 mph with a peak gust of 43 mph. The mid-Lake Michigan buoy had a peak gust of 45 mph around 1 am. Early Fri. AM – the mid-Lake Michigan buoy had a water temp. of 54.9. The above pic. from Jamie Vanderhenst shows small hail that fell in Holland Thursday night. With temps. near 40F, it’s easier to get hail to reach the ground, rather than melt on the way down to the ground.

From the Kent Co. Road Commission Friday AM:

Kent County Road Commission@MIKCRC Crews are addressing isolated downed trees from overnight’s high winds, rain and hail. Use caution during early AM commute for possible debris in roadway. Rain possible today; with temps heading into the 40s, roads should remain in relatively good condition.

Power Outages early Friday AM

Here’s a map from the Weather Prediction Center showing the probability of 2″ or more of snow on the ground. This is accumulation – the probability of 2″ of snowFALL would be higher. Some snow will melt on the ground with temps. generally at or above freezing.

Look for the best chance of accumulating snow at night into the early morning and the most likely to see accumulating snow would be from Newaygo Co. north to Cadillac, Lake City and Kalkaska.

Severe Weather Outlook Area for Saturday PM/night

The Severe Weather Outlook map from the Storm Prediction Center for this Saturday PM/night shows a chance of a non-severe thundershower from Ottawa and Kent County to the north. An isolated shower or t-shower could contain small hail and a waterspout isn’t impossible on the Great Lakes this weekend.

There’s a Marginal Chance of a severe storm from Maryland to Massachusetts along the East Coast.

LOTS of leaves have come down off the trees during the past few days, mainly due to a period of stronger wind and the rain we’ve had. The fall colors were later this year. We have a warm September/October. I still think December will be a cold and snowy month in Michigan.

Also – you’ve heard of a waterfall – this is a fogfall. We’re at a half moon right now and we have 2 bright planets – Venus to the southwest in the early evening and Jupiter to the south and they southwest. Saturn is also out in the south in the evening. Fall colors in Alabama. Snow in Anchorage, Alaska.

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