The feature is image, which I posted last night, show the demarcation of the cold front as is moved through SW Michigan bringing with it strong winds. It is as if someone drew a yellow line on the map. Temps rose to 46.5° at 1745 (5:45pm) and had dropped to freezing by 9pm. Temps have continued to drop to our current low of 14.7° at 7:30am.
We have had about an inch and a half of rain for Wednesday and Thursday. I live a couple hundred yards from the Kalamazoo river which has risen due to rain and snow melt. The river elevation is approximately 580 feet above sea level, my location is around 700 feet so we don’t worry about flooding here. Otsego and Otsego Township sit well above the river – if you ever walk the banks you would see they rise quite high on both sides of the river.
Over the past couple years the river through Otsego has been dredged and cleaned up as it was a super fund site for PCBs mainly caused by the paper mills from Kalamazoo, Plainwell and Otsego. I remember when I was a youngster seeing the effluent pouring from the mills into the river and the stench it caused. Back in the 1960s the river ran brown, now you can see the bottom.
We currently have light snow falling, or rather blown with gusts over 45mph. We will see lake effect snows today with the largest accumulations of 2 or 3 inches from Kent, Barry and Kalamazoo Counties to the west. The advisory in place lasts until 7pm tonight. Tomorrow we should see a decrease in cloud cover and the winds calming down. We may see some more light snow on Sunday before our next storm system moves in on Tuesday bringing with it the possibility of more ice. February may become know as the month of ice storms in the record books this year.
Below are a couple photos from Sandy of the ice on the trees in Hudsonville – thanks Sandy…