We currently have a temp of 33° this morning at 7 am down from 35° at 3:30, which may be our high for today. Any snow we had from last night’s system has melted off. We are approaching the time of year when we transition to spring and perhaps a more turbulent weather pattern where the forces of winter and spring set up their battlegrounds. This winter has been fairly quiet without any ‘major’ storms or heavy lake effect snow though we have seen more lake effect than we did last year in SW Michigan. We still have time for more snow and storms, my wife and I were married the first week of March during heavy lake effect snows. We haven’t had more than six inches of snow during any one storm this season in Otsego.
We can expect temps in the mid-30s to near 40 most of the week and with the help of breezy conditions, this will help melt off the light fluffy snow we have seen over the past couple of weeks.
- Snow winding down early this morning Around 12z Monday the mid level wave responsible for the overnight snowfall...will be pushing east of Lansing. Subsidence will strengthen across the CWA leading to a diminishing trend to any remaining precipitation on the backside of this system. The surface temperatures have risen into the upper 20s north to mid 30s south. Thus the main area for impacts will be mainly along and north of a line from Muskegon to Grand Rapids to Lansing. Thus the current plan is to keep the advisory going which runs through 9 am. - Brief period of snow tonight A fast moving mid level wave dives in from the northwest tonight. With the moisture deepening up through the DGZ and some lift noted in that layer...a period of steady precipitation is looking likely to occur. This will be mainly a snow event. The most favorable lift...steepest mid level lapse rates and deepest moisture is shown to be along and north of a line from Muskegon to Grand Rapids where approximately 1 to 3 inches is possible. Localized impacts look likely. - Not as cold into Wednesday A wave of low pressure will be riding along the low level thermal gradient from the Upper Plains to the Great Lakes Region Tuesday into early Wednesday. Southwesterly winds will strengthen here in Lower MI during this time resulting in warm air advection. This will lead to moderating surface temperatures...which are forecasted to rise to above normal levels. It is looking like many locations will top out in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees both Tuesday and Wednesday. Cold air advection strengthens by Wednesday afternoon. A cold airmass will then drop down into Lower MI later Wednesday into Thursday.