Bone Chilling Cold

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.


 

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INDY
INDY

I’m scarred to look outside ..We may have snow up to our windows …Lol!! It’s been snowing at theee YARDofBRICKS since 230am Monday morning…crazzy INDY!

Andy W
Andy W

GO BLUE!! Took down the Buckeyes tonight!! Made this awful disgusting weather outside a little more tolerable!

INDY
INDY

Thumbs up…Go Blue INDY!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

That was a beatdown. I hope MSU gets healthy before they have to meet Blue. I don’t want any excuses. 😬

INDY
INDY

Currently 1* feels like -18* degrees NE GR ohh can’t forget the heavy snow still falling to Stay Warm INDY …

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

It is brutal out there.

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Just saw Rob Dale on TV.

Slim

The actual air temperatures in Minnesota range from a highest of -18° to -33° with wind chill readings ranging from -32 to -60° most locations are in the -40 to -50° range. In Wisconsin the actual temperatures range from -4° to -22° with wind chills ranging from -26 to -46° Here in Michigan the actual temperatures range from +10 at Port Hope (in the thumb) to -18 at Ironwood. Wind chills are mild compared to our west with readings from -4 at Port Hope to -42 at Ironwood. Here at Grand Rapids the air temperature is +4 at GRR with… Read more »

Andy W
Andy W

Always thought that Rocky would be happier in International Falls! Should start looking for houses up there!

Yup (Grandville)
Yup (Grandville)

That is incredible Slim. It just goes to show how much Lake Michigan insulates is from those brutal temps.

INDY
INDY

Check out radar it looks even darker then earlier…This is unbelievable lk effect snow we are having 2 feet + stay tuned..INDY!

Yup (Grandville)
Yup (Grandville)

Well, My wife shoveled a some runs for our Pomeranian named Storm in the backyard. Good thing, the snow depth is much taller than he is now 🙂

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

My little dog is not liking it out there at all. The hills from the snow plow protect him some from the wind from the west. Wished it kept it off me. LOL!!

INDY
INDY

Winter weather advisory in Detroit now due to the snow bands this is amazing lk effect going on don’t see that everyday ..INDY!

Alice (Cedar Springs)
Alice (Cedar Springs)

I agree! It’s been pretty impressive lake effect today!

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

Not that it waould make a difference but why is this not a blizzard?

INDY
INDY

I agree I been thinking that all day myself. Probably the substantial winds of 35mph for 3 hours or more long ..buts it’s been windy all day it’s snowing so hard right know …Nuts Sandy be safe ..INDY

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

You too.

Yup (Grandville)
Yup (Grandville)

I agree, we must have fallen under the criteria, but my drive from Lenwtood to Grandville took me 50 minutes. Whiteout conditions prevailed!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

I plan on spending a few hours outside tomorrow enjoying winter. I will be snow blowing and shoveling and then I am planning to go snowshoeing! Incredible!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Yeah, I have no interest in exposing myself to a life-threatening situation.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Ha. Amen to that.

Alice (Cedar Springs)
Alice (Cedar Springs)

You might want to do those things on Friday! 🙂

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Friday or Saturday?

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

You might want to rethink that. Temps are too dangerously low. Roads are bad too.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Possible snow storm next week Wednesday and then more cold air!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)
Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Does that say model run January 26th?

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Nice catch.

INDY
INDY

Great Sprites look at radar GR is getting hammered with snow right now snowing even harder then the last three post I said out at thee YARDofBRICKS NE GR at this rate 2 feet of snow not out of the question..A week of records that’s for sure..INDY!!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

This is an amazing week of winter!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Wow, WOOD now has 5 straight days above freezing including temps in the 40s! It’s going to be a massive flood as everything melts away. Must be the weekly pattern change.

Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

Lol. Facts.. Also, still below normal for the season on snowfall.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

What a winter and what a week! We are headed for another snowstorm the middle of next week! The so called warm up will be very brief and then back to a Rocking winter! Bring it on!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

The snow just keeps coming!

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Alice (Cedar Springs)
Alice (Cedar Springs)

Pretty amazing!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Thankfully the warm up will be short lived!

Alice (Cedar Springs)
Alice (Cedar Springs)

I agree! Hopefully, the warm up isn’t too warm. It would be nice to keep some of this snow pack as a base for some fresh snow.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

What a storm! I have picked up 13 inches of snow since yesterday morning and if this keeps up all night watch out! Blizzard conditions on and off and tons of snow! Rock n roll will never die!

Mark(East Lansing)
Mark(East Lansing)

From the NWS afternoon forecast discussion: It is hard to believe with this degree of cold air coming in right now, but the confidence in a temporary warm up and some rain is increasing for the weekend into next Monday. The trend compared to 24 hours ago is for the southern stream system to be more dominate for the Great Lakes. The northern stream is expected to stay further north, and allow the southern stream to lift further north. The models are in better agreement that we end up on the warm side of this for a bit. If we… Read more »

Andy W
Andy W

Thank GOD!!! I can’t believe anyone loves this garbage weather out there this week! Roads are horribly icy and you risk losing fingers and toes if you stay out there more than 15 minutes!! Yeah, THAT IS FUN!!!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Dress for the weather and enjoy winter!

Yup (Grandville)
Yup (Grandville)

A warm up with this much snow is a flood waiting to happen. I remember the 100 year flood, don’t want to deal with that again!

INDY
INDY

Slim and Mark it’s snowing the hardest it has all day right now almost dark outside ..INDY!

Slim

At this time here just NW of Grand Rapids we are getting near Blizzard conditions do not think it will last all that long but very impressive snow and blowing snow with a visibility of maybe 300 feet. Would not be a good time on the freeways.
Slim

Andy W
Andy W

Tell me about it!! I’ve been driving back and forth to work on it this week!! Such a blast not being able to see and nearly sliding off the road when I’m only going 20 mph! That is AWESOME!!

Mark(East Lansing)
Mark(East Lansing)

NWS GR just added us to the Winter Storm Warning. Even MSU is closed for tomorrow.

INDY
INDY

Hey Mark you getting any of this crazzy lk effect snows at your house to? INDY!

Mark(East Lansing)
Mark(East Lansing)

We have had a couple of bursts throughout the day, but not much. Just a lot of ground blizzard-type stuff.

Slim

Here just NW of Grand Rapids there have been times of very heavy snow and blowing snow The total snow in my yard is getting very deep.
Slim

Slim

Boy the temperatures and wind chill are bitter in Minnesota Here are some readings Benidji light snow temp -26 DP -33 winds NW at 22 wind chill -52 Crookston haze temp -26 DP -32 winds NW 26 wind chill -58 Hallock temp -26 DP -35 winds NW 24 wind chill -56 In Wisconsin The air temps are from -14 to +2 wind chill are from -18 to -36 Here in Michigan the temps are from 16 to -10 wind chills from +6 to -35 (at Ironwood with a temp of -10 and that wind chill of -35) here in Grand… Read more »

INDY
INDY

Brrrrrr Cold..INDY!

INDY
INDY

BREAKING NOW interstate 96 is closed from Mars to Nunica due to multiple crashes don’t have count yet of cars due to the drifting off sbow and ice on the highway .Stay of the roads if you don’t have to travel..INDY

Slim

Here are more roads closed
MDOT is also reporting the following highway closures:

Northbound US-131 after 124th Avenue in Allegan County.
Eastbound I-96 at M-11 (Ironwood Drive) in Ottawa County.
Westbound I-94 at 9th Street in Kalamazoo County.
The Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office says southbound US-31 at White Lake Drive is shut down due to a crash near Riley Thompson Road in Dalton Township.
Slim

INDY
INDY

Currently out at thee YARDofBRICKS NE GR temp is 9* degrees feels like -11* degrees with heavy blowing snow …Grand rapids should close the city down for the rest of the week one week for the record books …INDY!!

Mark(East Lansing)
Mark(East Lansing)

I’m seeing dewpoints in Minnesota as low as -35. That’s crazy.

Mark(East Lansing)
Mark(East Lansing)

The big news around here today is the roads. Many of the north-south roads are pure black ice. I went home at lunch was driving on what I thought was a clear, dry road. A big wind gust came up and almost pushed me off the road. Be safe driving.

Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

Some need to learn how to take measurement and not in a snowdrift.. Lol ! Some of these comments are to funny.. Wind chill getting dangerous and yes, schools closed tomorrow and most likely Thursday.. Staaaaay warm.

Slim

Here is a good way to take a measurement.

http://www.skyviewweather.com/learning/how-to-measure-snow
Slim

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

White out conditions here most of the day so far. Snowing heavy. School here closed today and Wed too. If you don’t have to go anywhere stay home.

INDY
INDY

Local streets in GR have 2-4 feet drifts of snow cars are getting stuck … CRAZZY! INDY!!

Mark(East Lansing)
Mark(East Lansing)

All schools already closed for tomorrow.

STAY WARM!

BC (Otsego)
BC (Otsego)

Except East Grand Rapids Public. They’re the only school open today. We’ll see what they do tomorrow.

Slim

I did NOT clear off the driveway yet as it I am still getting heavy to at times very heavy snow falling and blowing, The measurements that I took is there is now 4″ of new snow (today) but it is winder today then yesterday so the snow is blowing a lot more. And the total on the ground here are the 3 measurements that I took 14″ 14″ and 16″
Slim

Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

Yep…another lousy winter day in MI.

INDY
INDY

Downtown Grand Rapids is getting hammered with snow right now .. INDY !

INDY
INDY

It’s wild outside I was just out and it’s miserable it’s been a few years since I can remember a winter day this bad other then the wind speed meeting blizzard criteria I would say it’s pretty close …Stay off the roads where they are plowed they are completely ice and where there not plowed you need 4×4 or your not going anywhere! INDY

Mark(East Lansing)
Mark(East Lansing)

Hey MV – I like the state weather alerts along the right side. Definitely helpful.

BC (Otsego)
BC (Otsego)

Me too!

Slim

As Indy stated we are getting heavy snow here in GR the flake size is larger then yesterday and depending on how long this last this could really add up, I am going to take a nap but will post snow fall amounts (unofficial) when I clear the drive way later today.
Slim

INDY
INDY

Having lots of white out conditions also today Slim seems like the wind is stronger then yesterday!! INDY!

INDY
INDY

Getting heavy snow bands off of lk Michigan today just adding to the piles that people have outside wind is also picking up..Yes Rocky we will end up above normal snowfall for the Winter season I think some forget it’s been snowing since November and April is two months away lots of Winter left …INDYSNOW!!

Slim

Not sure if GRR will end the season with above average snow fall or not. But here are the totals for GRR as of this morning January 2019 21.0″ (+2.1″) since Dec 1 24.2″ (-16.6″) season so far 38.6″ (-9.5″) that is the official totals at GRR.
Slim

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

You know it Indy! Above normal snowfall even in an El Niño! Who knew?

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Check out the latest NAM! Bring it!

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

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Hard to believe as recently as a couple weeks most people on this blog said GR may only get around 40 inches of snow for the entire season! Does anyone still believe this ridiculous prediction? I have maintained all season that GR will end up with near normal to a little above normal for seasonal snowfall! Check back with me in April! Indy was about the only other person that has said near to above normal snowfall! Incredible!

BC (Otsego)
BC (Otsego)

Snowing, windy with white out conditions here. Way worse out today than yesterday!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Talk about great skiing conditions coming up after we get past the brital cold on Wednesday! A foot of fresh snow and no real melting until Sunday and then a very short lived warm up and then right back below normal temps! I love it!

Mookie
Mookie

Do you ski? If you do, you will know that any rain or prolonged temps above 32 absolutely wreck any skiable snow. Turns mushy and then gets hard and turns to ice. Looks like the only skiable day will be Saturday if it doesn’t rain before the snowpack gets destroyed again.

Gun Lake Deb
Gun Lake Deb

Folks around Florida look like they just got off a flight from Michigan – walking around in bomber hats/down parkas/mittens/Ugg boots. It was a “frigid” 43 degrees this morning….LOL! The interesting part: the manatees are packed in at Blue Springs State Park – they have webcams online.

Slim

Nice to hear from you Deb. We were down there last winter when it got “cold” for a few day and the temperatures where in the upper 30’s and low 40’s and yes I had my winter coat on! But I did see some people with shorts on I thought they must have said we brought these things and we are going it wear them. Anyway good to hear from you.
Slim

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

Good to hear from you. Send some nice warm sunny weather this way. 🙂

Slim

Been getting light to at time moderate snow falling this AM at times the snow flakes are small and at other times moderately large.
Slim

Slim

The Kent County road commission is now plowing my road. No a bad time response only one day after a monster 4.7″ snow storm that for some reason closed many offices and other locations here in the southern city of Grand Rapids. By the way my report for the storm yesterday was 7.1″ of new snow fall and 11.0″ on the ground. At this time I have a temperature of 14.9 with light snow falling. For anyone who wants to take a snow fall measurement here is some information on how to do it.
https://www.weather.gov/dtx/snowmeasure
Slim

Slim

I am not sure how many (if any) of our posters read the CoCoRaHS reports but the odd thing from yesterdays snow event is that while the official report at GRR was they recorded a whopping 0.57″ of pricp the snow fall amount was only 4.7″ and if one looks at all of the CoCoRaHS reports from Kent county the reports there are 1. NE Grand Rapids 6.1″ of snow with 12.0″ on the ground. 2. Ada 7.0″ with 11.0 on the ground. Caledonia 6.7″ no report of the amount on the ground, East Grand Rapids 6.8″ with 12.0″ on… Read more »

INDY
INDY

Always good to have a senior weather blogger on here thanks Slim for the information! Stay warm during this polar out break keep getting better .. INDY!

Andy W
Andy W

NWS not thinking much snow over the next couple of days. Remember they way overdid their predicted totals for yesterday. Today Snow showers. Widespread blowing snow between noon and 4pm. High near 12. Wind chill values as low as -14. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 13 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible. Tonight Snow showers. Widespread blowing snow. Low around -4. Wind chill values as low as -24. West wind 15 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow… Read more »

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Snowfall update from north Rockford! 9 inches of new snow since Monday morning! What a storm!

Andy W
Andy W

Why don’t you just say 45 inches! If your going to add 4 inches to the official GRR Airport totals and trained spotter totals in the Rockford area, go ahead and add 40 inches to the total to make it fit your fantasy totals!

INDY
INDY

It started snowing at 230am never stopped till about 230pm could you imagine if the snowflakes where bigger yesterday? We have about 15 inches of snow on the ground now at thee YARDofBRICKS NE GR lot of it has driftted but whoe’s really official about it lol …INDY

Andy W
Andy W

Heck yeah INDY, if those were larger flakes that would have piled up big time! The NWS even admitted that the small flake size cut their predictions in half!

Slim

I also think the wind blew the snow off there snow board. For all of the math people out there what is the snow fall ratio if 0.57″ of pricp fall and only 4.7″ of snow fall is the results with a temperature of 9 to 15 that was the temperature range yesterday.
Slim

Mookie
Mookie

9” at both Rocky and Indy’s houses while GR is at 4.7”. Sounds about right lol

INDY
INDY

Everyone be smart in next few days save your life save a life nobody or pets should be left outside in the cold this is no joke!! INDY

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Great new winter lovers. After a BREIF warm up the CPC gives us below normal temps for the 8 to 14 day, the 3 to 4 week and the month on February! Incredible!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

What a storm and the snow keeps coming! Wow!

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Mookie
Mookie

Boy those maps sure were off for yesterday.

Andy W
Andy W

All I gotta say is LOL!! Those maps are hilarious!!

INDY
INDY

Currently 10* degrees with heavy snow Falling out at thee YARDofBRICKS NE side of Grand Rapids 5-9 inches of bowing snow today! Be safe be warm and let it snow some more ….INDY!!