Winter Weather Advisory Continues – Storm Criteria

For those of you wondering about why a warning hasn’t been issued, our GRR NWS office is holding true to the criteria of what product needs to be made for this event.  Yes, the snow is falling and the wind is blowing, however the advisory is closer to the criteria of what we have now.

Snow to water ratios are mainly around 5:1 which will mean less snow accumulation on the ground.  Temperatures remained above freezing until 1am which meant we had about .20 of an inch of rain during that period from midnight until 1:30am.  We do have a couple inches of snow on the ground at this point (5:am) and the temperature is currently at 30°.  We will continue to see most of the heaviest snow falling between I96 and I94 through the morning commute which will include wind gusts of 30 to 35 mph.  We should see this slowly end by late morning/early afternoon then the lake effect machine will kick in tonight with the NW wind which could bring another one to three inches of snow which will be of the lighter fluffier variety.

I will update this later when the storm ends….


 

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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Imagine that – the storm snowfall total for GR ended up being 6.5 inches! Another BINGO for the trusted and accurate RBD model. This has to be the best model out there currently!

Andy W
Andy W

Not seeing that??? Where was that posted?? The Woodtv graphic below shows 3.5 to 5 inches of snow for Kent County.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ds9v3gpVAAAhqYq?format=jpg

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Yes another RDB bingo using raw data directly from the the NWS daily climate summary report. Total GR snowfall for 11/26 was 1,7 inches (This was the snow that started around 9:30 pm) and then the snowfall for 11/27 was 4.8 inches, so 6.5 inches is the official storm total and those are the FACTS!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

I usually enjoy the first shoveling of the year. Not this time. It was miserable. I’m going to take some ibuprofen and go to bed.

*SS*
*SS*

So when does the Lake Effect kick in?

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

I think on Tuesday.

Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

Seriously wet, heavy snow.

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

It stopped snowing a little while ago. Road is looking slushy.

Slim

The finial snow fall total here for this event at my house is 5.5″ with a range of less than 1″ to drifts of 6.8″ This was a very wet snow so there was a lot of compacting. Will see what the official snow fall was at GRR. At the airport they reported 0.2″ of snow fall before midnight. The current temperature here is 32° with cloudy skies.
Slim

INDY
INDY

Just got done shoveling 6,3 inches of new snow out at thee YARDofBRICKS with more in drifts this November has been snowing away and cold as grey so looking forward to what December brings polar vortex Santa Claus and more … INDYSTORM!!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

And in other weather news, yesterday was the 3rd day in a row above average.

INDY
INDY

Hey rocky and slim glad I got our Christmas lights up Saturday just made it before the storm ….Hey Slim we have doubled are snowfall for November in GR im sure we will also be in top 5 coldest ever in November winter is crankin early this year …. INDY!

Slim

Before midnight GRR had reported 9.2″ for the month. I will have to add my up later as for this month being in the top 2 for the coldest Novembers? The current mean at GRR is 35.7° the 5 coldest are 1. 1951 31.0 2. 1976 31.4 3. 1995 32.0 4 1996 32.2 5 1969 33.5 This year has a very good shot at being in the top 10 coldest.
Slim

INDY
INDY

Wow thanks Slim this will be one November to remember! INDY!!

Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

Around 4″ here. What happened to that 6-10.. Lol !!

Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

Oh, and rain by the weekend… Enjoy the snow while you can. Lol !

Slim

Just took a snow fall measurements 1. snow board 3″ 2. driveway 2″ to one 6″ drift. 3. grass areas 5″. At this time it is still snowing and the temperature here at my house in now at 28.6° with snow and blowing snow.
Slim

*SS*
*SS*

Just took a measurement on the south side deck…about 6 inches here.

INDY
INDY

The snow starting falling at 10pm last night the winds really kicked in around 1030pm almost like a cold front coming through the snow was falling heavy on and off at times all night around 4am the wind was roaaring like a train at 5am Rockford school was the first to close with in 10 minutes or so all the major Schools in Kent county closed roads became very icy 100’s of slide offs already reported we are sitting about 4.7 inches of snow with blowing snow at thee YARDofBRICKS and it’s still snowing not real sure how one could… Read more »

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

It wasn’t a direct miss, just not a direct hit. 3 or 4 inches of snow is nothing compared to the 13 to 15 they had not to far from here. Nothing more than advisory level.

Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

NWS was spot on.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

This was a great snowstorm and I will not be surprised if the official snowfall for total for GR ends up around 6 inches!

Sheri (Eaton Rapids)
Sheri (Eaton Rapids)

Enjoying my coffee w/ my lazy son snoozing on the couch due to his first Snow Day… I am trying to eyeball and looks like maybe about 5 inches in my neck of the woods based on an iron rod in my front yard. I am in heaven today as I am one of the “few” snow lovers on here. Hopefully my son is getting a lot of snoozes, because he is my official driveway clean up crew now. LOL 🙂

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

Just measured 7″ of snow in yard. It is still snowing.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Nice!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Slim, I agree with you. It has been so long since we’ve had a major snowstorm that now when we get a couple inches everyone panics and makes a huge deal out of it. People have forgotten what an actual blizzard or major snow storm actually is. Today is not one of them.

INDY
INDY

Let’s talk storm patterns Slim Rocky MV , If you love snowstorms we have about 4 more coming in the next 8-10 days I guess we can keep saying let it snow let it snow ….. INDYSTORM!!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Rock on Indy and keep it coming!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

The roads are horrendous and the visibility’s are poor. Good call to close schools!

Slim

I have to say I was surprised to see the amount of schools that are closed today. Just shows you have much things have changed over the years. If this is going to be the case all winter then the kids could have many, many days during the upcoming winters. I can now see why the school systems want to start in August.
Slim

BJ (Otsego)
BJ (Otsego)

I was very surprised to see GR public closed, they tend to stay open when all others close.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

We are still getting pounded with moderate to heavy snowfall! Keep it coming as the totals keep piling up!

Slim

Good morning. I just took a snow depth measurement and here at my house it was only 2.4″ of wet snow. At this time getting light snow with blowing snow. I would think that for here in West Michigan the GRR NWS made a very good call with their Winter Weather Advisory and not go with a Winter Storm Warning, The current temperature here with that snow and blowing snow is now at 28.2°
Slim

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Snowfall reports as high as 13″ on the other side of the lake. We have approx 4″ here. It’s really wet and heavy. Not looking forward to clearing the driveway and sidewalk after work.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Yup, another system where the “direct hit” just misses us again. Seems to happen a lot over the past several years, at all times of the year.

Mark(East Lansing)
Mark(East Lansing)

The Lake Michigan Shredder was in full effect this morning.

*SS*
*SS*

Just measured in the deck…4 inches.
Thanks Michael for this site… It is always fun when there is more exciting weather moving this way!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Should be some good skiing this week!

ROCKY (Rockford)
ROCKY (Rockford)

We are way above normal for seasonal snowfall and no change in sight!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

And yet it will all be washed away with the rain this coming weekend. Best kind of snow to get, here today, gone a few days later.

ROCKY (Rockford)
ROCKY (Rockford)

The SNOW just keeps coming esp GR and points South. Some if this is lake effect. Bring it!
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ROCKY (Rockford)
ROCKY (Rockford)

Plenty of moisture to work with next month for more SNOW! What a great start to winter!
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Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Appears the very few power outages are around the I94 corridor. Looks like the heaviest stuff shifted well South:

https://www.consumersenergy.com/outagemap

ROCKY (Rockford)
ROCKY (Rockford)

WOw what a storm! All schools are closed, the roads are horrible, high winds and we are getting hammered with the deformation zone as we speak! An INCREDIBLE November monster!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Good call by the NWS with just the advisory. We maybe pushing 3 inches now. I went to work at 5 and Chicago drive from Hudsonville to Zeeland was “snotty” and slippery, but there’s just not that much snow. No where near the blizzard some were clamoring about.

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

We have approx. 2″ right now. As I thought may happen, it took awhile for the temps to drop and we had a sleet-type mix until after 3am. Plus, the snow is so wet that it’s really compact, which will also put a dent in the totals. It appears the WWA was the correct call.

It was fun tracking the storm with you fine people. I am looking forward to the next one. Be safe today.

INDY
INDY

All the schools in west Michigan are closed getting blizzard conditions out at thee YARDofBRICKS roads are very icey what a storm and it’s still snowing .. I have been tracking this storm for 27 hours now with my IWS bloggers and my storm chaser friends I’m off to bed …enjoy the snow day eat some good food be safe! INDYSTORM!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Good call on this storm. You have been talking about for days.

INDY
INDY

Thank you ….Put a lot of time in this one ..INDY