We picked up another awesome one inch of snow overnight here in Otsego. I am sure many are panicked over the decision of whether to get out the snowblower, shovel or just leave it be. We have enough hard decisions to make in the course of the day and now we have another headache to deal with.
We have chipmunks that come to feed at our bird feeders every day, they love the sunflower seeds. The snow doesn’t bother them as they travel through the trees to get to their destination. I am amazed and amused watching them gracefully scamper from branch to branch without breaking pace seemingly defying gravity. They aren’t as skittish as the squirrels who also visit the feeders and will remain in place eating while I move around the yard watching them as the squirrels fly off every which way.
Squirrels can appear to have a deathwish when they move through the trees on branches and twigs which bend precariously under their weight. I have seen them hang from one foot to get to a tasty morsel below them. I have never seen one fall.
Occasional snow will continue through today and into the evening. The temperature will be falling sharply for the morning commute which could lead to icy roads. Motorists should be alert for impacted travel conditions due to the wintry conditions. In addition, lake effect snow showers are likely to extend the travel impacts Thursday night, mainly west of a Big Rapids to Kalamazoo line.
Our winter weather advisory expires at 7 pm this evening, I don’t expect more than another inch or so in most areas in the advisory area.
The big story is the cold which will settle in later today, tonight into Friday. Tonight it will be mostly clear, with a low around 9 and wind chill values as low as -4 with a south wind 6 to 10 mph and gusts as high as 20 mph. This could be our coldest air of the season thus far.
Another quick hitting clipper system is expected for Saturday with 1-3 additional inches of snowfall possible. With some possible lake enhancement with southwest flow, areas along and west of US-131 look to have the best chance for accumulating snow, especially north of I-96.