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Snow Ending – Turning Colder

We had 2.1 inches of snow yesterday and overnight, bringing our total for Otsego to 10.7 inches for the month and 55.1 inches since November 1st (in Otsego).  Snowfall will end this morning and the warnings and advisories will expire at 10 am.  The highest snowfall totals are around the I96 corridor where 4 to 6 inches have been reported thus far.

Grand Rapids Forecast

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Lansing Forecast

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Kalamazoo Forecast

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Forecast Discussion

-- Snow / mixed precip diminishing later this morning --

Snow continues to fall across much of the forecast area as of 3 AM.
This snow is occuring in an environment of low/midlevel
frontogenesis and weak moist symmetric stability, with a persistent
multi-banded appearance noted on KGRR radar reflectivity. These
mesoscale bands have recently been oriented WSW-ENE, roughly
parallel to the mean low/midlevel isotherms. Surface obs indicate
that mainly light snow is occuring, but occasional bursts of heavier
snow--with visibilities of 1/2 mile or less--have been reported in
recent hours.

Elsewhere, generally along the I-94 corridor and into northwest IN,
precip has a cellular/showery radar appearance. This activity is
occuring in an environment of transient/weak conditional instability
in the 850-700-mb layer, as evident in HRRR profiles. Mixed precip
types--including sleet and freezing rain--have been reported in
recent obs in this region, and HRRR profiles continue to suggest
that a brief period of mixed precip is possible this morning along
the I-94 corridor. Any icing is expected to be very light.

No changes are planned to the existing winter headlines with this
update. Short-range guidance continues to suggest that precip will
end by late morning as midlevel frontogenesis departs eastward and
subsidence/drying occurs in the dendritic growth layer.

-- Turning colder; light lake-effect snow Mon-Tue --

Surface high pressure will build into the region beginning tonight.
This high will be preceded by pronounced low-level cold advection,
with 850-mb temps falling to near -18C by Mon night. Some lake-
effect snow activity is expected on Mon with onshore boundary-layer
flow. However, the combination of QG forcing for subsidence and
anticyclonically curved low-level flow will contribute to fairly low
inversion heights (around 4 kft) near the lakeshore. Background
moisture profiles are also shown to be quite dry, likely yielding
a fairly shallow convective cloud layer. These factors suggest
that snowfall accums on Mon will likely be light. Inversion
heights may increase somewhat on Tue with the approach of a
shortwave trough, but model time-height sections still show rather
limited moisture.

-- Continued below-normal temps for Wed-Fri --

EPS and GEFS guidance continues to suggest that transient
disturbances with any appreciable precip will likely remain south of
the region through the week, mainly confined to the active
baroclinic zone to be found across the southern CONUS. A midlevel
shortwave trough in northwest flow may glance the region on Thu,
with an associated cold front likely progressing through the region,
but chances for synoptic precip are low. Another surface high will
likely build into the region around Fri. Confidence is high for
continued below-normal temps during this period.
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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Seasonal snowfall for GR is already over 80 inches! What a winter with about 8 weeks of snow chances to go! Incredible!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

What a great winter day! I may partake in skiing and snowshoeing every day this week! Wow just wow!

Nathan (Forest Hills)
Nathan (Forest Hills)

We have had quite the number of snow events this season. The 2 early season lake effect events, the Christmas blizzard, and now this winter storm. And it’s only January :O

Jesse (Montcalm co)
Jesse (Montcalm co)

About 8” new snow and 11” on the ground. I am glad winter has “returned”. Now the ground just needs to freeze a tiny bit. It felt like a November snow plowing my long Michigan country driveway. But I will take it!

Kyle (Portland, Ionia County)
Kyle (Portland, Ionia County)

The snowmobiles are out zipping around this area. Get out and enjoy!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Skiing here I come baby!

Kyle (Portland, Ionia County)
Kyle (Portland, Ionia County)

5” of new snow here at my house. 8” on the ground That’s puts me at about a foot of snow for the month of January.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

That was one impressive snowstorm! We have perfect mid winter conditions as we speak! Get outside and enjoy!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Being a the edge of the WWA, I expected the low end of the forecasted snowfall amounts. We received two inches of snow overnight. We have approximately five inches on the ground. Looks to be a chilly week (finally) upcoming and then possibly returning to normal the following week.


Good morning! For the 3rd time this winter season there is over 10” of snow on the ground here in MBY. The here in my yard 8” of new snow fell yesterday and overnight. I now have 11” on the ground here. The official H/L yesterday at Grand Rapids was 31/23 there was 0.34” of precipitation that fell and before midnight there was 4” of snow fall. (here in my yard I had 5” before midnight) there was once again no sunshine yesterday. For today the average H/L is 31/17 the record high of 59 was set in 1914 and… Read more »

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Wow to the wow! 8 inches of fresh snow! The RDB rocks!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

What a winter! Perfect week for for outdoor winter sports! I will be skiing and snowshoeing all week! Incredible!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

What a storm! 7.5 inches! Wow to the wow!


I have 8″ of new snow here and 11″ on the ground. As of midnight Grand Rapids had 78.5″ and with the snow overnight will have gone over 80″ for the winter season.