Congrats to the Wolverines (my favorite) on their win yesterday over Ohio – if you didn’t watch it you missed a great game. They now move on to the Big 10 championship game against Iowa.
We gained another inch of snow yesterday which mixed with some freezing rain towards sunset. Our total is now 5.4 inches for the season. The high yesterday was 34° and the overnight low was 23°. We currently have 32° at 6:30 am.
We will see the precipitation ending today with gradual clearing late. Winds will be on the increase and temps will rise into the mid-30s today. Our next system moves in for tomorrow with another rain-snow mix. Temps will be on the increase throughout the week topping out in the mid to upper 40s before falling back into the 30s by the weekend.
- Slick Roads, Possible Freezing Drizzle Early This Morning - Roads will be slick to start the day following widespread snow that accumulated late into last evening. Many roads across West Michigan are still covered in snow, while others appear shiny on webcams. Those shiny roads are either treated and wet, or could be icy as once-melted snow refroze overnight as temperatures dropped into the mid/upper 20s or as freezing drizzle created icy spots for areas near/south of the I-96 corridor. Surface low pressure continues to track east across Lake Erie this morning, dragging a weak frontal boundary behind it through Southern Michigan. Weak lift along this feature, moist low levels, and an unsaturated DGZ are generating patches of drizzle/freezing drizzle and light fog/freezing fog along the I-94 corridor and up through the Lansing area early this morning. This should all become more patchy as the low pulls further away, with the drizzle and fog sliding east through the morning (clearing Lansing/Jackson by 9 AM). Temperatures are also starting level off in the low 30s, or even warm above freezing, over far southwest portions of the State. This will obviously begin to help travel conditions and road treatment strategies as well. For the remainder of the area, temperatures are expected to rise above freezing this morning. - Light Snow/Rain Showers Today For Some Areas - Strong upper shortwave will dive through the Central Great Lakes today, pushing surface low pressure across Northwest Lower Michigan. This will provide a modest increase in moisture depth and a chance for snow showers, mainly for areas near and north of US 10. Northwest flow may also allow a few bands of lake-enhanced snow to spread inland from Lake Michigan by midday, but not expecting a high coverage of these and potential will drop off the further south you head in West Michigan. Additional snow amounts today will stay light, but locations near/north of US 10 may see about an inch. High temperatures today will warm into the mid and upper 30s, allowing snow to mix with rain at times. Lower dewpoints will favor snow as the predominant precipitation type, however. Winds will also be gusty out of the northwest today (25-30 mph), keeping wind chills in the 20s. - Light Snow Possible Monday - Another clipper system will dive through the area late Monday into Tuesday. POPs were boosted to likely for areas along/north of I-96 Monday afternoon and evening as models now look much more impressive with moisture depth along the warm front as it lifts through the area. Forecast soundings support mostly snow as precipitation type, and could see another 1-2 inches again for areas north of US 10 and a dusting to one inch south of there. Travel impacts should be more limited with this system as surface temperatures remain in 30s while most of the snow is falling, and then only slowly fall into the upper 20s overnight.