Blizzard Warnings were issued for the lakeshore counties and the next set of counties inland from the lake. Blizzard conditions (visibility at or below 1/4 mile, frequent gusts above 35 mph) was reached in the lakeshore counties, plus Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and many locations in the second row of counties inland from the lake.
This picture above is my backyard Saturday afternoon. That’s a picnic table in the lower right and a fire pit lower left. There’s a gigantic overhang of snow coming off the house. Look upper right and you’ll see a perfectly round “snowball” at the tip of a branch of a wild rose bush that is sticking straight up. There’s a drift on the side of my house that was close to 4 feet high. ry.
Grand Rapids officially recorded 2.7″ of snow on Sunday, 10.5″ of snow on Saturday, the 6th time this winter that we’ve had a day with 7 or more inches of snow. Friday Grand Rapids recorded 7.5″ of snow. The totals Friday and Saturday set daily record snowfalls. Add the 3.8″ on Thursday and that gives Grand Rapids a total of 24.5″ of snowfall in 4 days. Early Monday, Grand Rapids officially had 17″ of snow on the ground.
Grand Rapids has now had 39.3″ of snowfall in December, 23.0″ above average-to-date and 67.3″ for the season, which is 43.6″ above average-to-date. Last year we had just 14.1″ for the season as of 12/25. The 67.3″ of snow is the 3rd highest total that Grand Rapids has had through Dec. 25.
Friday, we had the coldest afternoon we’ve had in West Michigan since January 31st, 2019 with temperatures in the single digits and wind chills of -12° to -25°. After 9 consecutive days that have been cooler than average, Grand Rapids is now 1.8 deg. colder than average for December. The high/low in G.R. Friday was 15°/5° and the high/low on Saturday was 17°/6°. Sunday the high/low was 19/14. So, we’ve had 3 days in a row with high temps. in the teens. That compares to an average high/low of 34°/23°.
We had no sunshine Friday, Saturday or Sunday. In the last 14 days, Grand Rapids has had just 4% of possible sunshine. Here’s current radar:
Statement issued by the Kent Co. Road Commission:
Drifts were +4 feet high in the Muskegon and Holland areas.
The graph above shows the snowiest winters through Dec. 24. With the additional snowfall on Dec. 25, we’ve jumped up into third place for snowfall-to-date
Peak wind gusts: S. Haven 55 mph, Battle Creek 51 mph, Sand Lake 49 mph, Macatawa 48 mph, Jackson 45 mph, Grand Rapids 45 mph, Muskegon 45 mph, Kalamazoo 43 mph, Ionia 41 mph.
Here’s high temperatures for this Sunday. Arctic air remains over much of the country east of the Mississippi River. Florida will have a chilly Christmas with temperatures in the 40s and 50s.. Mild air covers much of the West.
From the G.R. National Weather Service: “CONFIDENCE IS FAIRLY HIGH AND GROWING THAT WE WILL SEE QUITE A PATTERN FLIP FROM THIS CURRENT COLD AND SNOWY WEATHER. TUESDAY WILL LIKELY STILL HAVE BELOW FREEZING HIGHS, BUT WE WILL THEN LIKELY WARM TUESDAY NIGHT RIGHT ON THROUGH THURSDAY. THE MODELS AND ARE SHOWING A HIGH LIKELIHOOD OF 50+ DEGREES FOR A GOOD CHUNK OF THE AREA ON THURSDAY.” (Bill adds – 50 degrees might be a stretch in areas where there is deep snow cover – However, the warm pattern should continue through the first week of January.) “THIS WARMTH WILL EVENTUALLY BE ACCOMPANIED BY INCREASING MOISTURE, AND EVENTUALLY RAIN ON THURSDAY. THIS LOW MOVES UP INTO CANADA, AND WE KEEP A DEEP SW FLOW. THIS MEANS MORE WARMER WEATHER, AND RAIN CHANCES INTO NEW YEAR’S EVE, AND LIKELY BEYOND. THE THING WITH THIS SCENARIO IS, IF WE GET TOO MUCH RAIN ON TOP OF ALL OF THE MELTING SNOWPACK, WE COULD BE LOOKING AT SOME FLOOD ISSUES. PLENTY OF TIME TO MONITOR THIS. THIS WILL LIKELY MELT A LOT OF OUR SNOW.”
This will be a warm and wet pattern as we close out 2022 and start 2023.
Note – That this storm is “not expected to rival the great ’67 or ’78 Blizzards (which by the way both occurred on the same date, January 26).
Also: Thursday was the first full day of astronomical winter. Thursday we got one second more daylight than we got Wednesday on the Solstice. Daylight increase very slowly at first, then speeds up as we get into February and March.