Winter Update –

As I was driving to Plainwell and back yesterday I had at least three vehicles pull out in front of me from driveways and side streets.  Please consider the cost of having an accident in this type of weather.  Better to be slow and sure – you are not gaining much time getting in a hurry, the results of getting into an accident can be devastating especially in this cold.


It is 7am and the temp is -14° with a feels like temp of -21°.  Tonight the winds will switch around from the south ushering in warmer air for several days and shutting down the lake effect snow machine.  Sunday will be 50° warmer than yesterday making us consider opening up the windows to enjoy a springlike day 🙂

I believe this period we are currently in will be our coldest of the winter and our climate will flip once again to relatively warmer conditions across the eastern U.S. .  Looking at the long range models our weather in February may be more active with the eastern U.S. being slightly warmer than normal and the northern plains, great lakes and the west coast to be below normal.

Keep in mind that mean temperature averages begin to rise and the coldest air of the winter season is typically in late January.  The NAM and GFS continue to be inconsistent with their predictions over the next couple weeks.  We could see a return to cold air by the end of next week after a brief warmup.  Snowfall amounts don’t look to be overly excessive through mid-month.



Winter is by no means over as I am sure the woodchuck would say we have another six weeks to go.  As I stated earlier the models have been inconsistent in regards to rain and snow, we will no doubt have both in the short term.    The warmer air and predicted rain coming for this weekend will make a mess of the back roads and turn them into skating rinks – those in low lying areas may be at risk for floods with ice jams plugging up the rivers and streams.


 

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Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Noticed some intensely bright light pillars coming home from work tonight. Tried to get a pic to post, but didn’t look like much on the pic. We’re going out later, I’ll try to get a good one and post tomorrow.

Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

Cool Barry. Them ice crystals make for some neat pictures .. Had some here the other night also. Did not attempt a picture wish i did later.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

1 1/2 to 2 feet of snow, blizzard conditions, temps below zero, wind chills 30 to 40 below zero and schools closed for a week straight! Wow! This was a monster storm and one of the most incredible winter events this century! Let’s hope for more of the same in February!

Alice (Cedar Springs)
Alice (Cedar Springs)

I hope for more of the same as far as snowfall, but not the bitter cold. Makes it too hard to ski!

Wild bill
Wild bill

Hi everyone, I hope everyone survived the week. That blowing and drifitng was nasty, not sure in my 19 years of being in the snow industry that I have ever seen it hang on that long… Monday snow storm was nothing compared to the lake effect blowing and drifitng..

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

I don’t care for the cold like we have had this week.

INDY
INDY

Can’t remember last time our school district was closed for a week straight due to winter weather if ever… We had snow four days straight over 20 inches with 4-5 foot drifts out at thee YARDofBRICKS our Winter storm warning went enfectt early Monday morning just about done now seems like forever ago State of emergency put in effect due to the cold Governor wanted reduce heat in homes negative wind chills like I sad Sunday a week to remember INDY needs rest busy week of weather that’s for sure still -1* out at cold thee YARDofBRICKS stay warm be… Read more »

Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

Here comes the raaaain .. Lol !!

Alice (Cedar Springs)
Alice (Cedar Springs)

Nooooo! I don’t want all this beautiful snow to get wrecked!

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

That will create a mess of things.

Andy W
Andy W

Wood doesn’t even have it that cold at the end of their 8 day. In fact it doesn’t get below freezing all the way from Saturday through Monday!

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Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Looks like it will be a good weekend for Winter Water sports in the flood!

Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

Looks good to me !

Andy W
Andy W

Well after tomorrow, get ready for some great weather!! We’ll have a mini 2 day cool down Thursday & Friday next week, but then right back above normal after that!! Who Knew!??!?

https://m.accuweather.com/en/us/grand-rapids-mi/49503/extended-weather-forecast/329374

What I love about the extended forecast is no prolonged cold. Just short bursts of cold here and there, then some above normal temps to even it out! BRING IT!!!

INDY
INDY

It’s still snowing out at thee YARDofBRICKS probably a good thing it’s going to warm up a little kids need to go back to school and mom and dad’s need to go back tl work ..INDY!!

Andy W
Andy W

Come on INDY, you were cheering for this endless brutal cold and mountains of snow all winter!! What happened???

INDY
INDY

My kids need to go back to school ..My food is about gone it’s time lol..The mountains of snow are wonderful! Keeps the spites ice cold…INDY!

Andy W
Andy W

That it does! I love the outside cooler this time of year!! LOL!

INDY
INDY

NWS is pulling back on once the heavy rain they said was coming this weekend that’s a good sign looks like no major flooding is going to happen now we lose a lot of the snow pk but not near as much NWS thought with heavy rain!! I’m seeing a possibility of a snow storm mid week and temps in the teens at the end of the week! Winter keeps going one week to remember continues stay warm today ..INDY!

Mookie
Mookie

Teens for a high? Where are you seeing that?

Slim

As the snow has now stopped here at my house, I thought it would be a good time to see what the official snow depth is at the major reporting stations around the state of Michigan. All reports are at the official NWS offices. Grand Rapids 14” Muskegon 15” Detroit 5” Flint 8” Saginaw 9” Alpena 23” Houghton Lake 16” Sault Ste Marie 27” Marquette 22” Here at my house I have a range of between 15” to 19” there are several “drifts” of between 24 and 29” BTY that official depth of 14” is not that deep for Grand… Read more »

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Great news: all signs point towards a cold and snowy February! This is supported by the warm weather fanatics go to CPC. The CPC is now showing colder than normal and snowier than normal in the 6 to 14 day period and colder than normal for the entire month! Bring it!

Mookie
Mookie

The latest CFSv2 weeklies are trending warmer this morning. Now have us above average until mid month then average to slightly below before going back above average again in March. Either way, this arctic blast is short-lived and not continuing into February like some had initially thought.

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

-14° F at my house this morning.

Did you see that Governor Whitmer is asking everyone to turn down their thermostats to 65° because the potential problem with the delivery of natural gas following the fire at the Macomb county compressor facility?

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

I wish Winter would be like this every year. Record low snow fall for the entire first half, 4 or 5 days of hard core Winter, then just a ho hum back and forth final month. This weekend is going to be a mess with near 50 degrees and rain.

Slim

For the first time a while there are clear skies here at my house. Officially at GRR it has snowed now for 10 days in a row and at the GRR during that time 25.4” of snow has fallen with a reported 14” now on the ground. Here at my house during that time a total of 33.5 has fallen and I have between 15 and 19” on the ground with a mean of 17.5” Generally with clear skies the temperature here at my house is colder then the airport but today that is not the case at GRR the… Read more »

Mookie
Mookie

I hope all the winter fans have enjoyed their two week winter because the thaw is coming! Who knew?

Andy W
Andy W

Beautiful sun dog around the rising sun this morning!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

As Indy has already mentioned! We have been in a WSW for 4 straight days!!! This is one of the amazing winter weather events ever! It looks like the NWS maps giving Ottawa, Allegan and Kent counties 12 to 18 inches of snow this week were 100% correct! Who would have thought?