Winter Storm Watch

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Yesterday I offered up a brief explanation on isobars and wind barbs on weather maps due to the watches coming into play for Sunday.  You have to know something important is going to happen when the NWS brings forth advisories and watches four days before a storm.

Slim and I write this stuff up to keep you informed and to instill an understanding of the weather, not only what is going to happen but also the whys.  I designed the front page of this site to be auto updating which requires little to no human interaction.  Very few weather sites offer these features on one page for the whole state of Michigan.

In my travels around Allegan and Kalamazoo counties I find a lot of people who are interested in the weather, especially in the Skywarn Department, which I will begin to feature here next month because many can’t make it to the annual meetings around the state.  I have business cards I drop off at most of the locations I stop at around the area and spend a lot of time talking to people who are excited about having a non commercial weather site in the area.

My interest in the weather came well before the advent of personal computers and cell phones and a pencil and log book were the only means of recording the weather conditions for any given day.  Now we live in an age where up to date weather information can be obtained worldwide.


The advisory starts at 7am Sunday morning lasting until 1am Sunday morning – this is mainly going to be a wind event with up to three inches of snow blowing around.  Westerly winds could gust to over 60mph which can cause widespread tree damage and loss of power.  This system will affect a good portion of the U.S. today through the weekend.

You could hear some thunder late Saturday and temps may reach the the upper 40s to near 50 overnight before falling Sunday into the 20s.  Stay tuned for further updates….


 

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INDY
INDY

With bomb Genesis pressure is going to drop like a Rocky Sunday people who have migraines have your meds next to you …I hope people are taking our thoughts from a couple of us serious this is no Winter storm to mess around with have a safe plan now …Temps are going to crash once the cold front blows through if you lose power it’s going to get very cold get out all your extra blankets …Stay tuned INDY..

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

It will definitely be a Rocky Sunday afternoon and evening! Get ready to rumble!

Wild bill
Wild bill

How many sprites do u think it will take to get through this????

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

That is funny and I would say you better get a case!

INDY
INDY

Lol not sure if I have enough Wild Bill lol. INDY!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

I am starting to love the looks of the 10day snow maps! ForgetSpring and let’s get hammered with snow!!!!

https://www.instantweathermaps.com/GFS-php/conussfc.php?run=2019022218&time=PER&var=ASNOWI&hour=240

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

Under all that snow is SPRING!! LOL!! I had to say it. Have fun skiing.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Thanks and yes eventually under all this snow and cold Spring will arrive! Probably by mid April or so!

INDY
INDY

I’m trying to think when the last time was I seeing a forcast calling for 50 to 60 mph winds in West Michigan with blowing snow
on Sunday we could be looking at historical day in GR weather history again I hope everyone is prepared now this Winter storm means business major power outages coming ..INDY!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

You know it INDY and the warm weather fanitics are saying no big deal! Incredible!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

That would be no big deal with 1 whole inch of snow. The wind on the other hand has the potential to wreak havoc for a lot of people. Not really something we need after the freezing rain events we’ve had.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

The winds will be amazing and then the temps for all of next week are very cold with plenty of snow chances! Rock n roll will never die!!!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Up to 40 degrees here. Actually smells like Spring outside. Lots of bare grass starting to show already as the ice is melting rapidly now.

INDY
INDY

I am also seeing amazing pictures from the upper peninsula of all the snow on the ground In some spots no joke when I said back in November some spots getting over 300 inches of snow for the winter season they are getting berryd in it .. INDY!!

INDY
INDY

Another destructive winter storm moving into area just keeps adding up this will go down probably as the most costly winter season ever in GR when it’s all said and done I hope it don’t start to effect the farmers growing season this year… Below normal temps for the first half of March coming the winter that won’t give in yet…Be safe MV’S best during the storm ….INDY!!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Haven’t been able to post this week because of some “issues”. Anyways, what a great week we’ve had with all the sun this week! You can really feel the higher angle of the sun now. We have 1 to 2 inches of a crusty snow cover here, should mostly be gone this weekend with temps near 50 and more rain. Not sure what Winter sports you can do with that. One thing that stands out about this Winter is the amount of rain events we have had. I don’t have the numbers, maybe Slim, but it seems we have had… Read more »

Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

Good to see you back Barry ! One thing i dont get, why not just issue a High Wind Warning .. There wont be that much snow falling to warrant a Winter Storm .. Just a thought..

Mark(East Lansing)
Mark(East Lansing)

I didn’t even need to turn on my heater in my car at lunch time. Warm sun.

Mark(East Lansing)
Mark(East Lansing)

It’s going to be breezy Sunday:

.UPDATE…
Issued at 1054 AM EST Fri Feb 22 2019

No significant fcst changes are needed late this morning. A
consensus of latest computer model guidance continues to suggest
potential for wind gusts to reach 50-60 mph Sunday. Snow showers
will develop Sunday but accumulations will be quite light at less
than an inch for most of our fcst area and an inch or two for our
northern fcst area. As such impacts from wind with this rapidly
deepening low pressure system in the form of downed trees/limbs/power
outages are our primary concern for Sunday.

Mookie
Mookie

Winter storm watch for 1″ of snow. That’s a new one!

Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

The new standard ? Winter isnt even close to what it use to be .. Years back, when they issued a winter storm advisory you we see a good foot of snow.. Now anything close to 3 inches creates more hype.. Lmao !!!!

Slim

As for this weekend it looks more like a wind and rain event and would look for the Winter Storm Watch to be replaced/changed to some sort of wind warning instead. In fact not sure why the NWS here in Grand Rapids issued a Winter Storm Watch in the first place. But that said if indeed we do get winds with 60 MPH gust well there will be power outages once again.
Slim

INDY
INDY

I’m thinking winter warning for sure Sunday with a possible Blizzard warrning out of this storm ..Hope we dont lose power…INDY!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Blizzard warning for less than an inch of snow? I don’t think you understand the guidelines for a blizzard. You need to have heavy snow for at least 3 hours. Pretty sure less than 1 inch will not qualify.

Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

Yup.

Slim

I was in the far south side of Kent county yesterday and I was surprised on the difference in the snow depth there compared to here NW of Grand Rapids. Here there is still a solid 7” on the ground and down there it looked more like 2” with a many area of bare ground. Clear and 26.4 here at my house.
Slim

INDY
INDY

First half of March looks below normal that will keep the snow totals going up …Today we are 5 weeks now with snow cover on the ground..A winter that was done in December by many keeps coming well into March..INDY..

Mookie
Mookie

Only if you ignore the fact that NWS GRR reported only a trace of snow 2 weeks ago for several days.

Mookie
Mookie

50 degrees this weekend and thunderstorms? How can this be? Next weekend it will be meteorological spring!

Slim

I have to wonder if this pattern stays into late March into April can will the area see some severe storms this spring?
Slim

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

It should be another perfect day for outdoor winter sports! We sure have had a lot of those lately! Skiing here I go!!!!!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Let’s hope the weekend storm tracks to the south and increases our snow totals!

INDY
INDY

Advisory? Winter storm watch starts at 7am Sunday did it change already…INDY!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Is is still a watch and it will be interesting to see if they go with wind warning and or a wwa or a wsw?

INDY
INDY

Blizzard warnings..INDY!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Get ready for the mid winter cold that is coming for next week and beyond!

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

That’s interesting. That’s double or more of what is forecasted.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Some of that may be from the Tuesday snows! Bring it on!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Yesterday was beautiful. The sun was so warm. I saw a guy enjoying a ride on his motorcycle. It’s nice not having to commute in the dark any longer also.