In case you didn’t notice the GLERL webcams are back online since the government shutdown ended, they are a nice addition to view the cold and snow around the state. The webcams are considered non essential to forecasting and emergency services NOAA provides.
We had 7.2 inches of snow in Otsego from the storm yesterday. Temps rose to 27° in the afternoon with a bit of freezing drizzle. We now have some lake effect in place this morning with a temp of 16° at 5am. Due to the cold and snow most schools will be closed today and tomorrow – I wouldn’t be surprised to see Thursday added. We could see another eight inches of snow in the more active snow bands along the lakeshore counties during this period.
The winter storm warning remains in place through most of SW Michigan through 1pm Thursday. Temps will continue to fall with zero readings along the lakeshore and as much as -15° inland with dangerous wind-chills 20 to 40 below tonight. If you have to go out dress appropriately with several layers, a scarf to cover your mouth and goggles if you have them – you aren’t out to make a fashion statement but to survive as frostbite can happen within 15 minutes. I have cold weather boots which are good to -80° and a furry hat which covers my head, ears and neck. For me this is no weather to play in, just to get out, get it done and back inside where it is warm. Ice fishers may be excited about getting out on the ice, however unless you have a shanty I would walk away….
Do NOT leave your pets outside – our dogs have been setting records for in and out times during this cold stretch. Our youngest cat decided to shoot out the door yesterday and got his first experience in the deep snow – he looked perplexed and decided it was much nicer inside than out.