Cold and Snow Warnings & Advisories

This week will be a good time to stay indoors and hibernate.  Those who can’t will wish they could especially with the snow, cold and hazardous conditions we will face over the next several days.

The counties along the I96 corridor to the north are under a winter storm warning from 1am to 7pm Monday where 8 to 12 inches of snow may fall.  Wind chills will be 15 to 20 below Monday morning.  South of I96 will see 4 to 8 inches with warmer temps making it heavy and wet.  Looking at the NAM model for tomorrow there will be quite a temperature gradient across the area.  Allegan and Barry county on to south will see temps at or slightly above freezing while the I96 corridor to the north will see temps in the teens and 20s.  The warning area still could move north or south over the next few hours so stay tuned.

After the passage of the storm then temperatures will drop into dangerous areas one doesn’t want to go out in unless they are dressed in multiple layers and all skin surfaces are covered – goggles are a good idea because you can feel your eyeballs freeze with temps below zero.  Wednesdays highs are expected to be -3° with wind chills 35° below zero.

Current temps in Ontario just south of the Hudson Bay are -25 to -47° and this is the air which will be dragged into behind the storm, luckily we have the great lakes to moderate the temps.

There will be a lot of school closings through most of the week due to the cold and snow.  We don’t want the kids out in this because with the wind chills predicted skin can freeze within 15 to 20 minutes.  I remember my parents and grandparents talking about having to walk a mile to school in these conditions, I had to myself when I lived in the mountains – I don’t know if the parents have become smarter or less hardy than their predecessors, still it is a good idea to protect the next generations survival in anyway we can.

 

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Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

We shall see…

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Local met at 6pm news said 8″ for my area. Same met at the 11pm news bumped it to 9″.

INDY
INDY

A Meso out for heavy snow not sure if I have ever saw that for a winter storms hmm crazzy! INDY!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Keep the winter facts rocking! Indy great call on the schools. They are dropping like flies!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Don’t forget February is supposed to be colder than normal also! Winter is here, so enjoy it!

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/long_range/lead14/

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

I called the slight southward trend long ago! The RDB model has been all over this storm!

Alice (Cedar Springs)
Alice (Cedar Springs)

Nice!

Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

Ive been hearing this storm might be trending more south. WLNS out of Lansing saying they might be upping to the 6-10″ range .. Anyone have anymore info ?

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

One of the best snow maps I have seen for west.MI in a long, long, time! Bring it!

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Alice (Cedar Springs)
Alice (Cedar Springs)

Wow~ That is pretty cool!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Yes and a large area of red.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Break out the big daddy hat! What a storm and what a week of winter weather!!!

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)
Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Nice post and keep the winter facts rocking!!!

Andy W
Andy W

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Look at those upper 30’s to around 40 and rain!! Bring on the melt!!

Alice (Cedar Springs)
Alice (Cedar Springs)

It’s winter in Michigan, so it would be really nice to have some snow that sticks around. Rain when it’s cold out, is just plain gross! 🙂

Sheri (Eaton Rapids)
Sheri (Eaton Rapids)

I so agree! Not only gross, but the dampness makes it so hard to warm up.

Andy W
Andy W

Hey Alice, if it stays in the 30’s with some snow that’s great in my book! These single digit high temp days are not fun. Especially having to get up at 6 am to scrape off your car and drive to work on icy roads all week, because the salt doesn’t work at those temps. No snow days for me unfortunately…

Alice (Cedar Springs)
Alice (Cedar Springs)

I feel ya’! Upper 20’s/low 30’s are great temps! I just don’t like the raindrops in the forecast and would never wish for that in January. Drive safe and do your best to stay warm knowing that the single digits aren’t here to stay!
p.s. My husband is a driver for a company and doesn’t get snow days either, so I definitely know where you’re coming from. He’ll be on the road to Lansing and back all week. Yuck!

Andy W
Andy W

Yep, I can’t stand a cold rain either! Temps in the 30’s and Sunny or with big snowflakes is very nice in the winter!! That is what I prefer! Tell your husband to be safe out there, the roads are going to be tricky all week! Luckily I only have like a 15 minute commute each way, but that will probably be around a half hour or more each way every day this week.

Alice (Cedar Springs)
Alice (Cedar Springs)

Sunny with snowflakes sounds beautiful! 🙂 I’ll send your kind words along to my husband. Thank you!

Sheri (Eaton Rapids)
Sheri (Eaton Rapids)

Hey Mark…. Eaton Rapids already called off for tomorrow… LOL 🙂 Things sure have changed since my day…. we actually waited until the snow came and then maybe early release if got bad. My son will love hearing this when I pick him up from Youth Group 🙂

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Hey Sheri! The closings are coming in fast and furious now. Lansing even closed already. Generally when Lansing closes, everyone closes.

Sheri (Eaton Rapids)
Sheri (Eaton Rapids)

I have a feeling that Friday may be the only day IF they seriously call off due to the cold! Based on previous track records… Eaton Rapids takes two days to clear all back roads with this amount of snow and then the cold on Wed and Thurs. As of Thursday… they will need to make up time.. fun now for the kids, but reality hits in June 🙂 I also find it strange that with the cold, wind and boarder line amount of snow, that the we aren’t in a Warning… The whole Advisory thing seems so weird for… Read more »

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

You may be right. We’ve only had one snow day. I think Grand Ledge may have four already, not including tomorrow.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Wow! The snow just keeps com8ng – in the short, mid and long range! What an incredible stretch of winter weather we are in!!!!!

https://www.instantweathermaps.com/GFS-php/conussfc.php?run=2019012718&time=PER&var=ASNOWI&hour=384

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)
Andy W
Andy W

And look what’s just around the corner….

https://days.to/until/spring

SPRING ROCKS!!!

Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

Sun is getting higher in the sky every day now.. Which means snow melt will occur faster.. Rain next weekend.. Enjoy this snowfall. Lol .. Btw, we are still BELOW normal for snowfall this season …

Andy W
Andy W

The cold is certainly retreating back up into Canada! Which is fantastic! Looking like a pattern change after this short cool down!

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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Still below normal temps well into February!!!!

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Andy W
Andy W

Liking this last paragraph of the GRR NWS discussion! BRING IT! Who knew?!?!

A warm up will then begin and temperatures will rise to the teens
Friday and 30s by Saturday and near 40 by Sunday. The next system
may actually produce some rain late in the weekend.

Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

Yes ! 40s will feel nice compared this up coming weeks weather.. Let it rain. Lol !!

Alice (Cedar Springs)
Alice (Cedar Springs)

Any predictions on when schools will start closing?? 🙂

BC (Otsego)
BC (Otsego)

If they are smart, they’ll do it tonight so everyone can relax and sleep in 🙂

Alice (Cedar Springs)
Alice (Cedar Springs)

That would be nice! It looks like some closings are starting to roll in!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

I’m curious about that too. The NWS has backed off on our snowfall potential just a bit. Also, they have pushed back the start time of the event for us. They said it won’t start here until around 7am tomorrow.

Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

Just hope the moisture content isnt to high. May have to call the local plow company for the first time this season.. Its almost February.. Spring just around the corner !!

INDY
INDY

11pm probably for most of the week! INDY!

Wild bill
Wild bill

Plow trucks are all fueled up, I’m stocked up on mt dew and skittles, ready to call my truck home for the next few days… Everybody drive safe this week and if you don’t have to be out, don’t go out…

Slim

Still not feeling all that great as I have rather bad cold with a cough that I can not seem to break. Any way there looks to be a slight shift south with this incoming system and that could put much of the Grand Rapids metro area in the possible larger snow fall totals. I think that the fluffy snow should be easier to move then a wetter snow. I will bundle up and go to Meijer later and get some more goodies I know the saying is starve a fever and feed a cold (or is it the other… Read more »

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Who knew?

BC (Otsego)
BC (Otsego)

Sorry you are feeling poorly Slim. Hope you can shake it without a doctor visit.

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Fluids and rest, my friend. Feel better soon.

INDY
INDY

Terri Dabore Wood 8 winter storm warning 1 inch a hour snowfall for about 5 or 6 hours tomorrow for GR 6-12 inches! Heavy snow starting around 6am yes we have a whooper of a storm coming get ready now …. INDY!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Weather alert>>>>>>for those of you that are thinking the GGR area will only pick up 3 or 4 inches of snow and no big deal you are underestimating the strength and severity of this storm! GGR will be getting pummeled with heavy snow, wind and cold! Very dangerous travel will be a major issue on Monday! If this tracks slightly to the south (which the EURO is still showing) get prepared for upwards of 12inches of wind driven snow and near blizzard conditions!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

-44° in International Falls this morning. Temp, not wind chill.

INDY
INDY

3 dozen eggs 3 dirty pks of sprites and 3 loafs of bread we have a major winter storm in sight INDY is ready be safe out on the roads or stay home and enjoy Mother Nauters best..So let it snow let it snow let it snow let it snow! INDY..

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Breaking weather news>>>>>>the low pressure system will track through the 1-94 area and bring heavy snow to the GGR area. The latest 6Z RDB model gives GR 9 to 12 inches of snow with wind and cold temps! The latest EURO tracks the low pressure system near the IN/MI border which would bring even more snow to GGR. Get ready to Rock n Roll!!

INDY
INDY

In other words WHO WOULD OF THOUGHT!! Lol..Love the RBR model great call …INDY!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Have we had a pattern change yet? Winter is here with a vengeance and here to stay for the next 6 to 8 weeks. It will be a wild ride!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Clippers generally only drop a couple of inches of snow. This one is a doozy. Be safe, everyone.

INDY
INDY

Mark I hope you have enough snacks lol.. be safe also INDY!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Oh yeah, we’re ready.

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