We have had 11.6 inches of snow for March thus far which brings us to 70.6 inches since November 1st (these are Otsego totals). Partly to mostly sunny skies are expected today for inland areas. A few flurries could linger near Lake Michigan. It will be on the cool side with High temperatures remaining in the 30’s. Skies clear out tonight and it will be cold, with many locations dropping into the teens. Rain is expected to arrive on Thursday afternoon/evening, then continue into Thursday night.
U.S. Weather History
1933: A deadly tornado outbreak affected the Middle Tennessee region, including Nashville, on this day. The outbreak, which produced five or more tornadoes, killed 44 people and injured at least 461 others. The strongest tornado, F3, cut a path through the center of Nashville. About 1,400 homes were damaged or destroyed. Windows were blown out of the State Capitol Building.
1935: Suffocating dust storms frequently occurred in southeast Colorado between the 12th and the 25th of the month. Six people died, and many livestock starved or suffocated. Up to six feet of dust covered the ground. Schools were closed, and tenants deserted many rural homes.
2008: An EF2 tornado moved through downtown Atlanta, Georgia, shortly before 10 pm, damaging the Georgia Dome where the SEC men’s basketball tournament was underway. Click HERE for more information from the NWS Office in Peachtree City, Georgia.
Grand Rapids Forecast3 14 grr
Lansing Forecast7-Day Forecast 42.71°N 84.57°W (Text-Only)3 14 lan
Kalamazoo Forecast3 14 kzo
- Lake Effect Snow Winding Down This Morning, Then Clearing NNW flow lake effect snow bands have been impacting western portions of our lakeshore counties early this morning with decent omegas through the DGZ and adequate inversion heights around 7k ft. Light additional accumulations of an inch or two through 12z are possible with trace amounts to a few tenths in the 12z-18z time frame. Watch out for some slick roads in these areas (especially Ludington to Pentwater, and also from Holland to South Haven). However, these bands will be fighting a losing battle throughout the morning as upper heights build, 850 mb temperatures warm, and the DGZ loses saturation. Cloud cover may tend to hang on across the western halves of the lakeshore counties as the snow diminishes, per model RH analysis. A clearing trend is expected to be slower there compared to inland locations, which should be getting some sun by mid to late morning. - Storm System to Bring Rain for Thursday Upper heights continue building into mid week and 850 mb temps should warm into the +3C to +5C range by Thursday. However, GEFS and ECE ensemble mean 500 mb heights show an anomalously strong upper low digging on the back side of the ridge, showing 2 to 3 standard deviations in the negative direction. This anomalous upper low will be heading toward the Great Lakes, with a deepening surface reflection right over Lower Michigan as model guidance indicates an area of low pressure likely dropping into the 980s/990s mb over us by Friday. A robust LLJ of 50kts will advect low level moisture from the Gulf into this deepening low. Rain should break out Thursday into Thursday night. Current expectations are for 0.50"-0.75" of rain to be the average across our region. - Colder Air with Lake Enhanced Snow Possible Friday into Saturday An interesting, mid-Winter like setup may occur Friday into Saturday as this area of low pressure moves into Ontario. Some model guidance (GEFS/CMC) is indicating a short period of deep cyclonic flow may develop over Lower Michigan as 850 mb temps crash to -15C to -18C. This occurs as the possibility of deep moisture advecting over Lake Michigan with W or WNW low level flow Friday night into early Saturday, likely turning NW at some point. Even global deterministic models like the GFS and GEM are depicting lake- induced CAPE values of > 100 J/kg impacting lakeshore areas on Saturday. If the synoptic setup comes together, some heavier snow showers would be possible with accumulations even during the daytime as ensemble high temps are suggesting we may not get above the upper 20s Saturday.