Very heavy snow fell across parts of North Dakota. Mandan reported 24″ of new snowfall. Nearby Bismarck had 15″. Other snow totals in ND: 22″ Steele, 19″ Lincoln and 16″ at Hazan.

Driving on I-94 in North Dakota on Thursday

It wasn’t just the snow, but also wind and extreme cold. At 3 am Friday, Dickinson ND was reporting a temperature of zero with a wind chill factor of -18. Grand Forks had a north wind at 31 mph with gusts to 40 mph. The high (not low) temperature at Dickinson, North Dakota Friday was +4. That was 39 degrees colder than average! Williston ND had a high temp. of +5. Bismarck was up to 17″ of snow on the ground. 23.9% of the contiguous U.S. had snow on the ground Friday AM.

Lighter amounts of snow are expected in West Michigan. Snow showers are likely Saturday and especially Saturday night. The overnight run of the GFS model gives Grand Rapids daytime temperatures in the 30s to low 40s all of this coming week.

8-14 Day Temperature Outlook from the Climate Prediction Center

Wow! Look at all that blue! This is either an omen that the Wolverines will emerge victorious over that team from Ohio in a few weeks…or it means coast-to-coast colder than average air for the period from Nov. 17-23. Only the southern part of the Florida Peninsula is expected to be warmer than average and not by much.

U.S. Snowcover Wednesday

Snow fell throughout the Western U.S. mountains. Significant snow fell in the mountains of California with rain showers in the Desert Southwest. Las Vegas had 0.11″ of rain, but Brown Field in San Diego had 2.18″ – a heavy rain for S. California. Los Angeles had just 0.10″.

Snow and Ice Cover – Wed. 11 9 22

Here’s Northern Hemisphere snow and ice cover. There’s lots of snow on the ground across much of Canada. The air that sits over that snow is cold and it’s poised to drop down into the U.S. Ice is starting to form on the west shore of Hudson Bay.

Webcam – Mount Rainier National Park – Wed. 11 9 22

Here’s a screen grab from one of the webcams at Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington State. Lots of snow on the ground here already.

Time to get out the winter coats. A colder pattern will be with us for the next 10 days.