Clippers Next Week (?)

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We currently have 16.7° and 4.5 inches of snow on the ground this morning in Otsego.  This is the kind of snow I like, it is easy to move (or remove), one could use a leaf blower to clear it off the cars and driveways, not that I would do that as I have a barely used snowblower to handle the task.  In the past three years, I think I have used it around ten times.

We have more snow in the forecast as winter is showing it isn’t over yet, though I still am not seeing any extreme Arctic air in the near term anyway.  The NWS is foreboding in its forecast discussion this morning:

Generally northwest flow prevails through next week with a wintry
parade of clippers and arctic high pressure bringing sustained
cold temperatures such as we have not experienced previously this
winter. The northern and southern streams apparently do not phase
so that the mid-week storm appears to be just the northern stream
clipper with snow potential rather than a heavier rain/snow event
as appeared possible yesterday.

They are saying we will be on the cold side of any storms passing by rather than the warmer side where were have had the rain or rain/snow mix.  On the other hand, they are keeping daily high temps in the low to mid-30s at this time for next week which to me displays a bit of uncertainty.  I suppose as with other long term forecasts we will have to wait and see how this all plays out, regardless it will have many here jumping up and down with joy or trepidation.

We do have opportunities to add to the snowpack today and over the weekend.  After some possible sun this morning, the clouds will move back in bringing some more snow this afternoon with a northwest wind.  The next chance will be on Sunday with a couple of inches or so forecast.  As a disclaimer forecasts change so stay tuned.


Here is the snowfall from yesterday from the NWS:


 

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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Snow country is just a short 2 to 2.5 hour trip away! Plenty of natural snow up there. Cross country skiing, snowmobiling and downhill skiing are all rocking up there! Who would have thought?

Wild Bill
Wild Bill

I still like slims winter forecast, Rocky and Indy have been telling him all winter he’s wrong, but he just might be right with his snow totals.. I swear he’s a retired weather person!!!! Bring it, who knew, rock and roll never died, sprites for days, stay tuned!!!! All the good stuff, that nobody on this blog knows but Mother Nature!!!! Love it!!! Love everybodys enthusiasm on here, we shall wait and see what really happens!!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Hey Wild Bill you are new to the blog!slim-always predicts below normal snowfall every single year and the last few years he has been wrong! Indy and I have been on the money lately! Maybe this is the year slim is correct? Too soon to to tell?

Andy W
Andy W

Yep Wild Bill hasn’t been on the blog long enough to know that Rocky predicts above normal snowfall every winter and he predicts at least 10 blizzards a winter as well!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Well we aren’t the only ones with record breaking high temps, now Antarctica is in on it to. 65 degrees!!??

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/antarctica-just-hit-hottest-temperature-230729002.html

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

”The Antarctic Peninsula — the northwest tip near South America where the two Argentinian bases are located — is among the fastest warming areas in in the world, rising almost 37.4 degrees Fahrenheit (20.78 degrees Celsius) over the last 50 years, according to the WMO.”

That’s incredible!

Andy W
Andy W

Too bad Rocky had to put another 350,000 miles on his car again this winter just to find some man made snow! I love golf, but I don’t drive to Texas and back every weekend just to play a couple rounds! Love these short winters!

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

Just had a burst of snow now it is all white here again.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Love how it snowed off and on all day yesterday, yet the ground is green and bare. Best snow to get, gone in a blink.

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

LOL!!

Andy W
Andy W

That is true Barry, my yard is mostly green again in northern Kent!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Let’s review the facts!

1. The cpc and the teleconnectors all show colder and snowier for the rest of February!
2. It snowed virtually all day yesterday!
3. Accumulating snow is in the forecast for Sunday!
4. Multiple snow chances for next week and any one of these chances could turn into a major storm!
5. Snow country is having a great winter with great winter sports! I am heading up there again on Sunday!
6. We still have many, many weeks of cold and snow to come!
7. Rock n roll will never die!
8. Winter is the best! Who knew?

Wild Bill
Wild Bill

52 days to be exact left on snow plow contracts!!!! In 22 years I plowed one parking lot after my contracts were over March 30th!!!!

Andy W
Andy W

Well, I guess around 5 weeks is many, many weeks of winter now!

https://days.to/until/spring

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Last year we had accumulating snow in April!

Andy W
Andy W

Hey Slim, did you have all of our snowfall predictions from before winter?? I’d like to see where we’re at now that winter is nearing its end.

INDY
INDY

107 inches for INDY no wind blowing snow this year just a big bust ….INDY!

Wild Bill
Wild Bill

We still have time!!!

Andy W
Andy W

Oh man INDY, unless we move Michigan to the Arctic Circle, we may fall a little short of that!

INDY
INDY

Yup maybe next year lol….INDY

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Time for a wake up call with some hard facts on this season:

1. October had below average snowfall.
2. November had below average snowfall.
3. December had below average snowfall.
4. January had below average snowfall.
5. This Winter season is running wildly above average with temps.
6. This Winter season has seen multiple record breaking high temps.
7. There has been more days with bare grass than days with snow cover.
8. Many predictions and calls for the Polar Vortex, none have materialized.
9. No Arctic air anywhere in sight.
10. I believe it was Mark who correctly mentioned “Best. Winter. Ever.”!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

👍

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Snow pack? Well here’s a pic of our yard, pretty much nothing but grass. Great thing about the suns growing angle and the warm ground from no cold weather is the lethal blow it strikes to any snow that may fall. Love it!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/184860862@N07/49502360616/in/dateposted-public/

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

I guess I could try snow shoeing in that little patch of snow by the pine tree?

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

That is how it looks here too. The sun took care of all the snow on the driveway. It sure was pretty out today.

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Currently 31 degrees here, which is the average high for today, but with lots of beautiful sunshine. It feels much warmer than 31. I’m glad I shoveled this morning. Went home at lunchtime and the driveway is completely free of snow.

Slim

3″ is the official snow fall report for GRR for yesterday. Most of that must have melted on contact as this morning the report 1″ on the ground. Here at my house there is just under 1″ on the ground but will call it 1″. Now with that 3″ at the airport Grand Rapids is now at 3.8″ for February. 29.6″ since December 1st and for the season Grand Rapids is now at 36.4″ of course this is well below average for this date. Here are some snow fall amounts from around Michigan from yesterdays big (Snow Storm) note some… Read more »

Mookie
Mookie

If the current March forecasts play out (pretty much all 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s), this week and next may be as good as it gets this winter for the snow lovers. Occasional light snow and only low amounts of snow on the ground. It’s looking increasingly unlikely we will see any prolonged arctic air this winter.

INDY
INDY

Ohhh here we go a month out predictions even know in winter you dont believe in them lol . ..60’s ??? Come onnnnn mokie ..INDY

Mookie
Mookie

Not a prediction. Just looking at the long range models at this time. And yes, GR has seen 55-70’s in each of the last five months of March.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Indy you know mookie is hopeless. Don’t even waste you time is acknowledging his comments!

Slim

I think this is the first time Mookie has made a long range guess. Well yes there is a good bet that highs will reach the 40’s and 50’s in March and 60’s are also a good bet. Heck even a 70 or so can happen. Also lows could be in the single digits, teens and 20’s and 30’s 40’s ect. Good luck on your long range guess Mookie. I am sure it will come into play.
Slim

Slim

The point mookie is making is that the winter of 2019/20 looks like it could end up as being one of the warmest on rerecord in much of the US. The real question is will this be the trend going into the future?
Slim

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

One can only hope

Wild Bill
Wild Bill

I better start getting the lawn mowers tuned up!! Maybe it will be like 2012 when we were mowing the last week of March!!!

INDY
INDY

Dont forget about the grill! INDY

Andy W
Andy W

Hey INDY! Busted out the grill last weekend for the Super Bowl!

INDY
INDY

Hail yes me to soon again my friend …INDY

Slim

I see officially 3.0″ of snow fall was reported at the airport. While that maybe the airport only reports 1″ on the ground and that is what I have here at my house. At this time with clear skies it is 26 here.
Slim

INDY
INDY

A beautiful cold Winter day in February Slim …INDY

Mookie
Mookie

A whole one inch on the ground. I thought it’s strange they reported 3″ of new snow.

INDY
INDY

High of 26* on Valentine’s Day with snow showers pretty cold for this time of year…Far from all them 40’s or more with no snow we been promised for over a month now on the blog! On that fabulous thought have a great Friday ….INDY

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Shoveled again this morning. It was easy work as Michael mentioned above, it is the lightest snow I have seen in a long time.

Interestingly, we received much more snow AFTER the Winter Weather Advisory.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

The snow maps are heading in the right direction and temps are heading down! Keep it rocking! Who knew?

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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Clearly the pattern has and is currently changing to colder and snowier just like Indy and I predicted! Keep up the great work Indy!