Late AM update from the NWS: “LAKE-EFFECT SNOW CONTINUES TO WIND DOWN AS OF 700PM. AT THIS POINT…WE THEREFORE CANCELLED IT. AT 630PM. WINDS ARE IN THE PROCESS OF SWINGING AROUND TO THE SOUTH AND SHOULD INCREASE IN SPEED THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE EVENING. THE LAST VESTIGES OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW THAT REMAIN WILL MOVE NORTH UP THE SHORELINE AND GRADUALLY COME TO AN END BY MIDNIGHT OR SO. WHAT IS LEFT WILL BE TRANSITORY AND ONLY BE OF THE LIGHT SNOW AND FLURRIES VARIETY.
The Winter Storm Warning continues until 7 PM for Allegan and Van Buren Counties. Over a foot of snow has fallen in the some lakeshore counties. There’s a new Winter Weather Advisory for N Illinois and NW Indiana for 1 pm to 9 pm tomorrow (Sat.). This is for light freezing rain or freezing drizzle (less than 1/10th inch, but enough to cause some slick spots on roads. Gale Warnings will be in effect from 4 am to 10 pm on Saturday for winds to 30 mph and waves as high as 6-10 feet.
Ice extent on the Great Lakes is just 4%. Ice on Lake St. Clair has increased from 2.4% to 10.7% in the last 24 hours. Ice on Lake Michigan is at 5.3% and most all of that is in Green Bay.
CRASH ON THE MACKINAC BRIDGE: There was a 2-vehicle crash on the Mackinac Bridge around 11 am Friday AM (Picture at link). There were no serious injuries. Traffic across the bridge was closed for a couple of hours until the crash was cleaned up.
SNOWFALL UPDATE: Grand Rapids (Ford Airport) recorded 5.3″ of snow on Thursday, giving them 13.3″ in two days (Wed. G.R. had 8.0″ of snow). It’s been over 5 years since we had that much snow in 2 days in G.R. As of early Friday, the Ford Airport had 11″ of snow on the ground. The season total is now 38.8″, which is 6.2″ above average-to-date. Muskegon recorded 5.4″ on Thursday. They now have 14″ of snow on the ground. The season total (as of midnight Thu. night) for Muskegon is 22.7″, which is 11.3″ below average. Snow fell after midnight and those numbers will be updated later today). Lansing had 1″ of snow on Thursday. They have 4″ of snow on the ground. They have had 18.9″ of snow this season and that’s 0.9″ above average. Last check at Kalamazoo (WMU), they had 6″ on the ground and a season total of 21.5″.
STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL: 22″ Watervliet, 20″ Keeler and Decatur, 19″ Eau Claire, 18″ Zeeland, 17″ Castle Park (Holland). 15″ Magician Lake and Indian Lake (Cass Co.).
SNOW ON THE GROUND: Muskegon 14″, East Gr. Rapids and Lake Macatawa 12″, Grandville, Holland and Grand Rapids 11″, Ionia 8″, Kalamazoo (WMU) 6″.
Low Temperatures as of 7 am Friday: -17 at Grayling, -14 at Pellston, -12 at Gaylord, -11 Baldwin and Evart -10 at Mecosta, -8 at Wellston (Manistee Co.), -8 Big Rapids, -7 Alma, -5 Cadillac, Hesperia and Entrican (Montcalm Co.), -4 Houghton Lake, Belding, -3 Alma, Ionia and Saginaw, -2 Mackinac Island and Mt. Pleasant, 0 Hastings, +1 Grand Rapids, Comstock Park, East Gr. Rapids, +2 Fremont, Bradley, Clarksville, Kent City and Sparta, +3 Grandville and Lansing, +4 Charlotte, +5 Hudsonville, W. Olive, +7 Battle Creek and Mendon, +8 Grand Junction, +9 Marshall and Jackson, +10 Kalamazoo, Hart and Fennville, +12 Holland, Ludington, Lawton, Albion and Benona, +13 Lawrence, Watervliet, +14 Haratford, +15 Muskegon, +16 South Haven. So that’s a 27 degree difference from Baldwin to S. Haven.
In the U.P., Marquette recorded another 8.8″ of snow on Thursday. They now have 26″ of snow on the ground and they had had 89.5″ for the season. That’s 11.9″ above average.
The band of heavier snow brushed western Mason and western Oceana Co., came into Muskegon and the Holland area and continued meandering through Allegan, Barry, Van Buren, Berrien and Cass Counties. The band is weaker now and will migrate inland slowly during the morning. Inland we’re seeing some sunshine this AM.
This was Bittersweet Ski Area west of Otsego shortly before 6 pm Thursday. There was a big crowd, but the lines are moving along. Cannonsburg plans to open this Friday afternoon at 4 pm. Check their facebook page for more.
During mid-afternoon, the heaviest band of snow stretched from Holland across N, Allegan Co. Visibilities here were occasionally down to 1/8th mile and snow was accumulating at the rate of 1″+ per hour.
Note: Beginning January 5rd, 2022, the KAPX WSR-88D radar operated by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Gaylord, MI will be down for approximately two weeks for an important upgrade. Technicians will refurbish and replace the pedestal. So, it may be snowing in N. Lower Michigan and the snow will not show up on radar maps.
Here’s some snowfall totals from Wed. It was the snowiest day midnight-to-midnight in Grand Rapids since Dec. 2016 – over 5 years ago.
Snowfall over the next 72 hours (through Sat…significant snowfall in the (northern) Rockies, downwind from the Great Lakes and along the East Coast.
A little southern snow… A Winter Weather Advisory was out for N. Alabama, N. Mississippi, E. Arkansas – Winter Storm Warning for much of Tennessee – my sister lives in TN and it’s her birthday 1/6. She said
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