We have a balmy 10° this morning at 6 am. I am sure Woody the woodchuck is happily snoozing in its burrow after being rudely disturbed for our entertainment yesterday. The cold will be noticeable today with highs only topping out in the low to mid-teens. Wind chill values will be driven to below zero this morning especially. Dress in layers if you need to head outside today. If you are one of the old folk like myself a scarf would be a good idea. I use a balaclava if I have to spend time outside in this extreme cold. Lake effect snow will be prevalent towards Lake Michigan today, with an inch or two of snow possible. U.S. Highway 31 and Interstate 196 will be most impacted by the snow/slippery conditions.
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING... * WHAT...Snow. Additional snow accumulations of up to two inches. * WHERE...Mason, Oceana, Muskegon, Ottawa, Allegan and Van Buren counties. * WHEN...Until 7 PM EST this evening. * IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.
Grand Rapids Forecast2 3 grr
Lansing Forecast1 3 lan
Kalamazoo Forecast2 3 kzo
--Lake Effect snow today -- Banded snow showers remain entrenched along the lakeshore this morning. There is enough instability where weak bands continue to stream through central Michigan. Any accumulations from those bands will be light. With relative humidity upwards of 60% between 1000-700mb, strong instability through the low to mid levels, winds upwards of 30 mph at the SFC and temperatures in the -20`s at 850mb, snowfall will persist with decent snowfall totals. No significant changes expected in amounts, with highest snowfall totals Holland southward. Snow bands will continue until ending between 15Z to 18Z today. This will be due to the wind shift, loss of gradient over the lake and high pressure building over the midwest which will weaken instability. --Wind chills today and cold overnight lows tomorrow -- The persistent gusty winds will continue to bring wind chills down this morning. Current readings are ranging from the low single digits at Kalamazoo to -8 at Grand Rapids. While cloudy skies will reduce drop in temps, the advection of cold arctic air and the gusty winds will allow low to reach the single digits and wind chills near -15. Temperatures will remain cold behind the front, highs are expected to be in the low teens. With clearing skies tonight as a high build over the Great Lakes, the Saturday morning lows will drop to the single digits though it could be close to zero in low lying areas. --Mild weather with a warm up early next week-- The Roller coaster continues as mild weather due the approaching high builds over the region Saturday. Expect highs in the low 30s on Saturday with high temperatures in the upper 30s to low 40s through next week. Models are fairly consistent in bringing through a clipper system late Monday into Tuesday with rain likely.
It was brutal out there today. I sure am looking forward to some of the warmer days coming next week. 🙂
Found this on FB from James Spann a short time ago in regards to Mount Washington:
“Current wind chill is down to -104° on Mount Washington in New Hampshire. That breaks the old record of -103° in 2004, and is the lowest wind chill ever recorded in the United States!”
What an incredible day at the lake! Quite a bit of ice buildup right near the shoreline. Lots of ice in the channel and on the pier walkway. Made for great photos. A handful of people out there. Just have to bundle up and you’re good to go. It was also cool seeing the snow bands out over the water. Had one band move though while out there. We then drove some of the back roads home through Allegan Barry and Eaton County. Love taking rural roads.
Not far from here, a 75-year old man fell through the ice yesterday. Fortunately, local police arrived quickly and got him out. Please use a spud to test the ice if you must venture out on the ice.
Following INDY’s lead and having a couple Sprites at nice warm Mitten Brewing!
Just got back from a long snowshoe hike and no it is not too cold to get outside and enjoy the cold! Just dress for the weather and get off your butt! Also I see some more delusional comments about winter being over! I have already told you we have a big cool down with more snow coming by the 3rd week of Feb! Who would have thought?
I had a great time out at Holland State Park looking at the ice along the shore and channel. Just have to bundle up and it’s fine!
You know it and keep the winter facts rolling!
WAY too cold for any outdoor activities today! Best to stay inside and stay warm! Wait for next week when temps and conditions are much better!
Getting on and off snow squalls at the lakeshore. Nothing overly heavy. There is quite a bit of ice build up along the shore and quite a bit of ice floating in the channel. The “sand sculptures” are here all molded from the wind and snow. Very cool.
We will have to see if todays week 3/4 long range guess hold up but it now is showing some cold to end February and into the start of March. So I would not get the shorts out just yet it may still be a long road to spring.
That shows average to slightly below average temps. That would mean low to mid 30’s. I’ll take that after a long warm up!
Nice find Slim …Could you imagine what would be said if it was all red showing up “Summer would be here” lol.. The GFS has come back down on any real warmth coming next week which is usually true for February..INDY
Only a month and a half away now!! BRING ON SPRING!!
And only 25 days until meteorological spring! Wow!
I’ll be heading to Lake MI this afternoon. Been a long while since I’ve been out there. Everyone enjoy your day! Stay warm.
Highs in the mid 30’s next week will definitely feel warm compared to today wow to the wow!! INDY
Very true INDY!! They’re throwing some md-40s in there now too! Enjoy your time up at Boyne!!
Woah look at that extended forecast! Goodbye winter!
Its been to cold for INDY getting out on the ice but the casino has been nice with some sprites!! Love seeing you back on the blog Andy take care my friend…..INDY
Yep, very chilly!! But those casinos and a pour of Bourbon are nice and warm!! You take care too!
Well, if the models hold, this will be the coldest we get the rest of winter. A big extended warm up is on the way to melt all the snow!
Great winter temps today and great snow conditions! So many choices for today! Snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, sledding, etc! Wow to the wow!
Got a light dusting of fresh snow at my house last night. Temp dropped to 8 degrees here
so much for the NWS’s p.m. forecast yesterday for 3-5″ with locally higher amounts in parts of Van Buren and Allegan counties… This morning they are saying 1-2? Doesn’t inspire much confidence.
Lake effect is so difficult to forecast. A lot of hype about the cold this morning, but not much wind. It was really windy last night, but not so much now. It’s cold here, but it was colder Tuesday morning without the hype.
Now, let’s talk about the northeast. I read that Mt. Washington in New Hampshire might get close to -100 wind chill. Now THAT’S cold!
That is crazy and extremely life threatening!
The current wind chill in GR is -7 degrees! Very cold and make sure you dress for these temps as you get outside and enjoy this fantastic winter wonderland! Incredible!
I have been there, yes it is windy, one of the windiest places on earth. For nearly sixty-two years, Mount Washington, New Hampshire held the world record for the fastest wind gust ever recorded on the surface of the Earth: 231 miles per hour, recorded on April 12, 1934, by Mount Washington Observatory staff.
Thanks for the link. WOW! Crazy numbers! One must be completely dedicated to the science to accept that duty station.
I keep checking this periodically. -93F wind chill with a 122 mph wind gust.
-102.7F is apparently the world record wind chill reading. I’m pulling for Mt. Washington to break the record.