Welcome to Meteorological Winter

Seems fitting we have begun winter with a coating of sloppy wet snow on the ground in Otsego.  The temp is currently 33° at 6am.

These are the current snow cover maps for north America and the northern hemisphere – the snow cover will creep southward into lower Michigan today.

Above are a couple of the CPC maps centered through early next week showing a consistent zonal flow meaning no signs of an Arctic outbreak any time soon.  Outlooks are giving us a 43% chance of above normal temps and 46% chance of above normal precipitation for December.  This doesn’t mean we won’t see snow as temps are generally in the upper 30s to around 40° for early December.  Our snowfall would be the sloppy variety and precip could be mix a rain, ice and sleet which is not good for trees and power lines.

This is the current update from the NWS in regards to the Winter Weather Advisory in place:

 

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM EST
MONDAY...

* WHAT...Any remaining mixed precipitation will transition to
  snow early. Additional snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches.
  Snowfall rates of an inch per hour are possible this morning.

* WHERE...Portions of central and west central Michigan.

* WHEN...Until 1 AM EST Monday.

* IMPACTS...Scattered power outages. Travel will be hazardous.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS... The heaviest snow will be along and
  north of a New Era to Fremont to Howard City line.

South of I96 will see mainly rain with perhaps a mix of rain and snow turning to snow later tonight.  Most of the rest of the week looks to be a calm period….

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INDY
INDY

Getting light snow out at thee YARDofBRICKS NE of GR the roads are starting to ice up from being all wet we maybe looking at more issues in the morning if the plows don’t get out there overnight currently it’s 31* degrees below freezing..INDY

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Drove out to Holland State Park this afternoon to view the water damage and wow, the beach and surrounding areas have been totally changed. Zero snow at all in Holland, in fact the snow ends right about by the newly christened Zeeland roundabout on the West side of town. Light rain and drizzle while we were there, here’s some pics I snapped:

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Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

Thanks so much for your pics. It is so sad what has happened. I am not sure how long it is going to take to do the repairs or if possible. In your pics I don’t see it but is the building with the store and rest rooms standing? I had heard the water came up into the parking lot. The only good thing is the time of year and no one was camping and hardly anyone would have been there. I have learned through the years to have alot of respect for the Big Lake.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

As far as I could tell the pavilion looked to be undamaged. We didn’t walk over by it, but from the parking lot it looked to be ok. There was a tremendous amount of sand in the parking lot. So much so they were using dozers to plow it off.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Get ready more snow will be rotating in very soon! I love it!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

What a great storm with snow, snow and more snow! Keep it rocking!

Slim

A short wrap for November 2019. At Grand Rapids November 2019 had a mean temperature of 34.6° that is a departure of -5.5° and is a tie with last year for the 10th coldest November on record. There was 6.5” of snow fall and that is just under the 30 year average of 6.8” The high for the month was 54 on the 27th and the low was 15 on the 13th . For Muskegon the mean for the month was 35.9 that is a departure of -4.3° it was the 12th coldest November of record there. The highest for… Read more »

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Thanks for the facts on another month of below normal temps and in fact a well below normal temp month! WOW! Great start to winter and we are now back to ABOVE normal for seasonal snowfall! How is that possible?

INDY
INDY

Snowing in December amazing….INDY

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Who knew?

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Picked up 0.47” of rain and about an inch of wet slop overnight. Looks like meteorological Fall was close to identical to last year just with half the snow giving us below average for the season. For all the hype from some, November ended up below average with snowfall for GR. Love the pattern after 2 consecutive below average snowfall months, let’s keep it going!

Slim

Wow what a surprise here at my house (and Indy’s) there is a solid 3″ of snow. The snow is on the ground, road, sidewalk and the trees. Looks very much like a Christmas card setting.
Slim

INDY
INDY

Good Sunday morning we have over 3 inches of new snow on the ground out at thee YARDofBRICKS NE of GR 97 inches to go for my season total now of a 107 inches I’m going to keep track of it all winter Season hopefully I don’t forget that will drive berry nuts lol…I’m sure his area got skunked again like always ..The YARDofBRICKS now sits at 10.3 inches of snow for the winter season no wind about it …Have a great snowy Sunday INDY …

Slim

Indy I see your snow fall total is around 107″ mine is a lot less at around 65 to 75″ I think Mookies is around 22″ but he/she will not say LOL
Slim

INDY
INDY

Love it ….Winter fun Slim ..Have a good day …INDY

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

We keep picking up snow and certain people keep stating we have seen very little snowfall and warmer than average! Incredible!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Wow what a storm! Fortunately we got a lot more snow than freezing rain! We picked up 3 plus inches of snow! Who would have thought?

Slim

3″ here as well.
Slim