Saturday PM/Night Snow Summary

Bill's Blog

We’ll see a little sunshine poking through this Sunday, with partly sunny skies likely both Monday and Tuesday. Snowfall totaled 5.7″ officially in Gr. Rapids at the Ford Airport where they have about 6″ on the ground. Lansing reported 4.4″ of new snow as of 7 am with 5″ on the ground. Muskegon had 2.2′ of new snow and they had 2″ of snow on the ground.

As the main snow area moves out of Lower Michigan, there is a still a band of lake-effect snow over Lake Michigan. That will slowly move east toward the Michigan shore as the wind backs around from north to northwest. Theat will come onshore first in western Oceana Co. (and perhaps western Mason Co. and then into the other lakeshore counties. It’s not impossible that band could produce an inch or maybe an isolated 2″ total. It will slow dissipate as it moves east onto the land.

Radar

This was the GR NWS forecast for the weekend snow and it worked out pretty well, I think

This was the Wave Forecast for Lake Michigan for 10 pm Sat. Evening

This snow will usher in a snowier and colder general pattern. Temperatures fell into the mid-upper teens this Sunday AM. We’ll stay in the 20s this PM with wind chill factors in the low-mid teens.

We’ll be back to the upper 20s Monday and low-mid 30s Tuesday – a couple of relatively tranquil days with a little sunshine. The period from Wednesday thru Friday looks cold and windy (especially Wednesday, when cold west winds off Lake Michigan could gust to 40 mph) with more snow and snow showers and daytime temperatures in the mid 20s.

Besides the good shot of natural snow, it will be plenty cold enough for ski resorts to make snow more often than not this week. Check your local resort website or facebook page or www.onthesnow for conditions.

Ice Safety

The colder pattern means inland lakes will become ice-covered. The ice will be thin and dangerous at first. Make sure the ice is safe before you venture out away from shore on the ice. Also, the piers and breakwalls will become icy – be very careful there. With this colder pattern, it’s time to get out the winter gear, boots, hats, etc.

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