Another Step Closer Towards Spring

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We have a relatively warm 37° in Otsego at 6:30 this morning which is above normal for nighttime lows.  I am almost to the point where I am tiring of having to dress up in a cacoon of multiple layers just to go outside.  On the other hand, one can dress for colder temps but one can only strip to the skin when it is hot then it is a matter of heat tolerance of which I no longer have any.  For me, 37° is ‘almost‘ t-shirt weather.  Of course, my wife is on the other end of the spectrum and hates the cold so we have the battle of the thermostat year around.

This will be another rather mundane day though we should see some sun later.  Along with a stiff westerly breeze, we will continue to see some snow melt which will continue through the week.


Forecast Discussion

- Precipitation winding down early this am...isolated impacts

The mid level wave that was generating the precipitation as seen
on radar across parts of the region early this morning will push
quickly east through daybreak. This will support a diminishing
trend to the precipitation prior to the morning commute. The
southern end of this precipitation area...from near Muskegon to
Grand Rapids and into Lansing has featured a rain/snow mix.
Meanwhile further north it has mainly been snow for places like
Big Rapids to near Mount Pleasant. This is the region where
surface temperatures were around freezing. Some of the snow has
been briefly moderate...with Big Rapids dipping down to a half
mile visibility in the past two hours. So...local impacts are
possible to start the morning commute...even if the precipitation
has largely pushed east of Mt Pleasant by then.

- Light precipitation possible tonight with limited impacts

A surface wave of low pressure is shown to track eastward through
Lower MI from near Ludington through Mount Pleasant late tonight
into Wednesday morning. The warm air advection out ahead of this
system could generate light precipitation tonight mainly along and
north of the low track. However the potential for measurable
precipitation is low as the the atmosphere will be relatively dry
in the DGZ. We will keep the POPs at chance levels and highest
closest to the low track. This happens to be the area where
surface temperatures will end up near freezing tonight. Thus if it
does precipitate tonight...limited impacts will be possible.

One forecast variable to watch later tonight is fog. Surface
dewpoints will be climbing above freezing for the area to the
southwest of Grand Rapids towards Kalamazoo and South Haven.
Considering the snow on the ground...we may start to see some fog
developing. The potential is too low to include this in forecast
at this time but it will be something that we will need to
monitor.

- Moderating temps over with weekend with some melting snow

Low pressure will be tracking eastward through Southern Canada
over the weekend. Our surface winds will feature a southerly
component which will keep the arctic airmass away from the region.
The temperature at 925 mb is shown to climb up to around 3 to 5
deg C over the weekend as the warm air advection persists. It is
unclear if we will be able to mix to this level but if we
do...daytime High temperatures would rise well into the 40s. We
will feature temperatures gradually moderating above climatology
with highs in the upper 30s to lower 40s for both Saturday and
Sunday. This will lead to gradually melting snow each day....with
the melting slowing down at night as overnight lows dip down into
the 20s.

 

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Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

It was a beautiful day outside. The warmth from the sun felt great- but if this keeps up and it will I will have to dig out the t-shirts. 🙂

Andy W
Andy W

INDY, you’re gonna have to get the Spring fire pit and grill ready early this year! Prepare the outdoor Sprite fridge!!

INDY
INDY

I’m Ready probably going to deal with a big flood first lol…But You know INDY I’m always ready I want to go watch MICHIGAN in the big 10 tournament but looks like only 25% only boo …INDY

Andy W
Andy W

Heck yeah INDY!!

Andy W
Andy W

Hey mookie, when you get a second take a quick look at the 8-14 day cpc!!

Mookie
Mookie

Is that an early spring blowtorch coming?!

What happened to all this polar vortex talk by Rocky and Indy and Judith Cohen? Incredible!

Andy W
Andy W

I know! Gonna have to plan on on getting my spring outdoor projects going earlier!! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

What a gorgeous day. The street is like a river. I bet we’ve lost at least three inches of snow today.

Andy W
Andy W

Tons of low to mid 40’s in the 10 Day!!!
Let it melt, let it melt, let it melt!!

https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/b4ea0280869baa46799dc75eacef8904785ec43ad2f6fb098355fbc208a55e2c

Mookie
Mookie

Wow! Horrible winter conditions unless you like mushy, old snow and water puddles on shrinking ice.

We went from hard core winter to early spring so quickly this year!

Andy W
Andy W

It happened in the blink of an eye!

Andy W
Andy W

Man, we’ve got lots of big puddles outside now! That snow pack is really taking a hit!! I love Front Loaded Springs!!

INDY
INDY

Wow it’s amazing to see all the boogers on today it must be sunny and in the 30’s again wow just wow …INDY

Mookie
Mookie

Wow, 44 degrees already in GR! The mets had their temps way too low yet again.

This is the unofficial start of spring for sure. I love short winters and early springs!

INDY
INDY

Amazing we are 42* degrees in my area and we will still end up below normal in temps and above normal in snowfall for the month of February please feel free to MARK THAT DOWN LOL…INDY …

Slim

This from Brett Anderson at Accuweather “ Signs continue to point toward a slightly warmer-than-normal March across a large portion of eastern North America, while below-normal temperatures may dominate in the West. The reason for this will likely be a persistent trough from northwestern Canada to the western third of the lower 48 states. Even in the west, we are not talking about any sustained period of bitter cold, as the bulk of the Arctic air will be hanging out from the Yukon Territory on over into Siberia. This pattern does favor a moist, southwesterly flow of air that will… Read more »

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Well for those who bothered to “mark it down”, might as well erase that mark. Only Tuesday and Gr is already well over 40.

Rocky (Rockford)
Lol we will not see 40 degrees! Maybe more like after a few mid to upper 30’s back down to around freezing or a little below! Mark it down!

February 15, 2021 3:48 pm

Mookie
Mookie

Whoops! Just another bad mark for Rocky!

Andy W
Andy W

Hey Slim, how far below normal are we now for seasonal snowfall???

Slim

Grand Rapids -17.2″ for the season and -10.3 for meteorological winter. At Muskegon it is -37.5 for the season and -32.5 for meteorological winter. At Lansing with a total of 44.3 they are +4.4 for the season and with 43.8 they are + 7.5 for meteorological winter.
Slim

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

I believe that. 25.7″ at the Lansing airport just this month. On this side of town, we got six or so inches more than the airport during the big storm. We’ve had 30+” here this month.

Mookie
Mookie

WOOD says probably no more measurable snow in February. Wow! That old snow is sure getting dirty and mushy fast. Let it MELT!

Andy W
Andy W

Already up to around 45 degrees near me!! Awfully warm by February standards!! That snow pack sure is melting off quickly with that beautiful warm sunshine and gusty winds today!

INDY
INDY

Crazy no Thunderstorms this winter unlike the last few I’m ready for a good old Thunderstorm miss the sounds of rain lol…4 season Blogger ..INDY

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

I’m ready for a March polar vortex and a monster snowstorm! Funny how this winter is now below normal with temps as the warm weather fanatics try and tell us otherwise! Incredible!

INDY
INDY

Yes that to ..INDY

Slim

Some fun facts. Todays total daylight is the same as October 17th So far this winter the total snow fall at Grand Rapids is now at 44.8” and that is still 17.2” below average as of this date at GR. While it was mild in December and January it has been much colder in February. The mean for February at this time is 17.0 and that is a departure of -9.1 and the mean for the winter season at this point of 25.8 is actually colder than average (26.6) at this point. The warmest day this year so far is… Read more »

Mookie
Mookie

Sunset is now 6:25pm and growing. Loving those later nights!

INDY
INDY

No January thaws no 50’s or no thunderstorms like previous winters just long lasting snow and cold best ice fishing close to home probably since 2012 for me ….INDY

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Is our winter weather over yet? That is what the warm weather fanatics would have you believe! Well I am hear to tell you we will be seeing more cold and snow before this winter can be written in the book! I will be heading up to snow country this weekend for some more great skiing! I have been skiing for months on end! Incredible! What a winter and some amazing Feb snow totals!

Mookie
Mookie

Is that your way of saying enjoy the warmth and melting snow all week and no snow? I love it!

Andy W
Andy W

Yep, the snow deficits will be getting bigger once again as the average temps start soaring through March! Front Loaded Springs are the best!! Just a very short time now until we can get out and safely enjoy the warm weather!!

Mookie
Mookie

Where’s the snow? Another week this winter with below average snow and mild temps. I love it!

Andy W
Andy W

It was a rough 3 week long winter!

Mookie
Mookie

A whopping 15″ of snow combined in November, December, and January. The winter that wasn’t…

INDY
INDY

My old snow blower sure has a work out this winter sounds tired I’m thinking a nice tune up this Fall for old girl!! I can’t believe the snow piles around town it may take them to June to melt crazzy….INDY..

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Amazing snow totals and I have used my snowblower at least 6 times! Incredible!