Alas, Spring Approacheth

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A bit of early modern English to capture your attention this morning and yes spring is approaching even though the weather says differently.  Today is the last day of meteorological winter and regardless of the snow and cold we are soon to enter the realm of transitions to warmer days.  Keep in mind our transition month of November was our second snowiest month next to February and March has the appearances of starting out likewise.

My wife and I were married the first week of March during lake effect snow squalls 23 years ago.  Hard to believe that many years have passed – now her children and mine have lives and children of their own.  Actually we consider all the kids from our blended family to be ours and love them equally…  Raising five kids in these days are interesting to say the least, but hey, we must have done something right as all are doing quite well for themselves – we have 10 grandchildren and one more is on the way within the next few days.  I couldn’t be prouder.

We have a couple quiet days in store, not springlike by any stretch of the imagination – we may see temps in the low 30s on Friday and Saturday before the bottom drops out again and the lake effect machine gets cranked up.  We haven’t seen a lot of lake effect this year, most of our snow events have been synoptic and the areas along the lakeshore has seen less snow than inland locations.

Looking at the long range models the hints of more springlike conditions begin around mid month with day time highs in the 50s which we all hope remain true….


 

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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

WARNING>>>>if you do not like winter please do not read the latest forecast discussion from the NWS! What a week of weather coming! Wow!

Andy W
Andy W

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BRING IT!!!

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

🙂

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Get ready we will be having arctic air and lake enhanced snow Monday, Monday night and Tuesday! Possible very hazardous travel and Tuesday school closings! Mark it down!

Andy W
Andy W

Get ready….mid 30’s this weekend and 40’s coming next weekend!!! PREPARE FOR SPRING!!

https://m.accuweather.com/en/us/grand-rapids-mi/49503/extended-weather-forecast/329374

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

The 10 day snow maps are coming into Shape! Let’s see a snowstorm!

https://www.instantweathermaps.com/GFS-php/conussfc.php?run=2019022818&time=PER&var=ASNOWI&hour=240

Andy W
Andy W

Those maps always show 10 times the amount of snowfall, so I’m happy with the 1/8 of an inch of snow we’ll really get!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

More than 10x

Andy W
Andy W

Oh yeah!! That Eastern Ridge is building!! Come on up to Michigan!! LET’s GET SPRING GOING!!

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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Nice map and still shows us squarely in the below temps! Keep those below temps rocking!

Andy W
Andy W

Not really, it’s squarely over South Dakota! Cold moving WEST!! SPRING COMING IN!!

Mark(East Lansing)
Mark(East Lansing)

You can tell March is upon us. It’s only 23 out, but the warm sun is melting the snow.

ROCKY (Rockford)
ROCKY (Rockford)

Remember this FACT! My prediction for this winter was slightly above normal snowfall and that is exactly where we could end up! 6 weeks ago some people on here were saying GR could end up with about 40 to 45 inches of snowfall! INCREDIBLE!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

I honestly don’t remember yours, or reall anyone’s for that matter, predictions. The only one I can recall is you calling for at least 2 major snowstorms in the month of December, and we ended the month with about 1 inch of snow.

Slim

Yesterday Barry asked how much snow has fallen this winter so far at Holland. According to a report in Bill’s blog Holland has had 63.2” of snow fall this winter season. I am not sure where WOOD got that information as I can not verify it.
Slim

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Thanks Slim. I dug around for a while and couldn’t find anything for Holland.

Slim

Like I said not sure where WOOD TV came up with that 63.2″ amount.
Slim

INDY
INDY

Polar vortex 2 Major ice storms Bombo Geniuses and now a artic out break record cold in March yes a winter it has been! With snow cover and ice for almost 2 months straight I so feel for my yard lots of spring cleaning coming up I’m ready for Spring… INDY..

Slim

Here is one for you Indy, In the last 40 days Grand Rapids has had 49.3″ of snow. And at this time we look to end the season very near the average of 75″ or so.
Slim

INDY
INDY

Wow it’s been a snowy month or so ..thanks Slim INDY

ROCKY (Rockford)
ROCKY (Rockford)

wow what a stat! What a wild winter this has been! Lets keep it going!

Mookie
Mookie

Wow, the snow map is pretty much nonexistent for the next 5 days! Keep in mind, this map usually inflates snow amounts by at least 50-100%.

http://wxcaster.com/gis-gfs-snow-overlays.php?STATIONID=GRR

Mookie
Mookie

With today’s dry conditions, it’s all but guaranteed now that meteorological winter will finish with below average snow for GR by a few inches. Who knew?

Slim

While the snow fall for the time period of December 1st to February 28 (meteorological winter) will be less than average the total snow fall for the season at this time is 68.5” and for this date that is +4.1” above average. And While in the daily climate report there is a running snow fall total for the time period of December 1st no such long term records are kept.
Slim

INDY
INDY

Not bad considering all the wind blowing the snow we have had ..I will take over 70 inches of snow for the year..Thanks Slim ..INDY!!

Mookie
Mookie

Remember when Rocky and WOOD were predicting 100″ for this year?

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Some serious cold!

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Mookie
Mookie

Woohoo! Last day of meteorological winter! It looks like winter hangs on for one more week before we see 40’s and 50’s!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Get ready, because we have some major arctic air arriving by the end of this weekend! Below zero wind chills, snow, poor visibilities and slippery roads! The only question is will this be winters past stand or will more cold air and snow hit near the end of the month? The verdict is not in yet! Get prepared now!