I live halfway between Otsego and Bittersweet. At night Bittersweet puts out about the same amount of light as Otsego. Bittersweet has been busy since Christmas with mostly manmade snow. They are reporting a two foot base with 19 runs and 12 lifts open today. They will be helped out in the snow department later today and tonight with a couple more inches of the white stuff from mother nature.
We have a winter weather advisory for Ottawa, Allegan and Van Buren counties from 3 pm this afternoon until 4 am tomorrow morning. I suspect more counties may be added to the advisory later today which may include Kent, Kalamazoo and Barry. This will be a lake effect event while not an overpowering amount of snow it will create slippery conditions for the evening commute. This should put Otsego over the one-foot mark for snowfall totals this winter. We are at 10.4 inches now with the snow we had yesterday.
From this mornings NWS discussion:
--Lake effect flare up this afternoon and evening-- We are issuing a Winter Weather Advisory for Ottawa, Allegan, and Van Buren Counties from 3 PM this afternoon through 4 AM tonight. A potent shortwave dropping southeast from MN later today brings a period of deeper moisture/lift that should significantly enhance the westerly flow lake effect over the sw corner of Lwr MI, squarely during the evening commute time. Total accumulations this afternoon and evening in the advisory area expected to be roughly 2-4". Intensity of some of the snow showers with sfc temps in the mid to upper 20s will likely create some travel impacts due to reduced visibilities and slick roads. One concern we have is that some of the more intense snow bands later today could extend well inland, possibly impacting srn Kent, Barry and Kalamazoo Counties. If HiRes model updates trend more in this direction we may have to add a few counties to the advisory. RAP and NAM3km fcst soundings at South Haven are fairly impressive, especially between 21Z and 03Z, showing no inversion aloft, deep moisture and omega to 15K ft, and a pretty good looking DGZ/Omega "crosshairs" signature. Snow showers diminish overnight after shortwave pulls away, but some NW flow L.E.S. may persist near and west of Hwy 131 with some additional light accums.