WWA & Weather History

We once again have a winter weather advisory for meager amounts of snow bringing about slick roads for which the advisory is issued.  The advisory begins at 7 pm this evening lasting through 7 pm tomorrow.  The following counties are included:

Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Clinton, Allegan, Barry, Eaton, Ingham, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun and Jackson

Snowfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are expected with the highest amounts around the I94 corridor on to the south.  A boost in northerly winds on Thursday will add some blowing and drifting snow with falling temperatures into the teens.  Temps will fall on Thursday from the mid-20s to lows in the single digits – highs on Friday will be in the teens.  Relatively warmer air will return over the weekend and high temps will be back in the 40s early next week.


Weather History

February 9

1875: The temperature tumbles to 32 degrees below zero at Lansing and 20 below in Detroit during one of the coldest months on record in Lower Michigan. The mean temperature for the entire month at Lansing is 4.7 degrees, the coldest month ever recorded there.

1934: The coldest temperature ever recorded in Michigan occurred at Vanderbilt, with a low of 51 degrees below zero.

February 10

1899: Grand Rapids has its coldest day on record with a high of 6 below zero and a low of 21 below. Muskegon had set their record for all-time coldest high temperatures on the 9th with a high of 5 below zero.

February 11

1899: Muskegon records their all-time record low of 30 below zero. Grand Rapids falls to 21 below and Lansing 22 below.

1999: A surge of warm air ahead of a cold front brings all-time record high February temperatures to much of Lower Michigan. February records include 67 degrees at Muskegon and 69 degrees at both Grand Rapids and Lansing. Battle Creek hits 72 degrees.

February 12

1967: Temperatures plummet to 24 below zero at Lansing and 16 below at Grand Rapids as arctic high pressure moves across Lower Michigan.

February 13

1938: Heavy rain and warm temperatures prevail for the second day. Lansing records over three inches of rain from the storm and Grand Rapids over two inches and some minor flooding is noted across Lower Michigan.

February 14

1899: The record arctic cold wave begins to abate but not before Grand Rapids sets their all-time record low of 24 below zero.

February 15

1954: A two-day surge of warm air into Lower Michigan peaks with record highs of 61 degrees at Grand Rapids and 60 at Lansing.


 

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Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

A WWA for a 1/2” of snow and zero school closings. This is the third failure in a row for NWS GRR.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

The snow just keeps coming despite the constant warm weather hype!

http://wxcaster.com/gis-gfs-snow-overlays2.php?STATIONID=GRR

Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

Yep…the cold front is three hours ahead of time 🙁

Lousy run into/through the weekend is in place…

INDY
INDY

Snowing very hard in most of west Michigan right now …Amazing …INDY

INDY
INDY

GFS MODEL showing big snow storm Tuesday for most of west Michigan stay tuned ….INDY

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Sounds awesome! We could use a big snowstorm!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

This map still gives us a lot of chances for some big snowstorms! Get prepared for a wild ride towards Spring!

http://wxcaster4.com/cfs/NORTH-AMERICA_CFS-NODE1_SFC_45DAY-ACCUM-PRECIP_180HR.gif

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Through March 28?? LOL!! Could you find me a map for the night of July 3? We have a big outdoor party that night.

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

LOL!! No snow. Perfect sunset. Evening temps of 70 with a slight breeze. No bugs.

INDY
INDY

Rocky like I said the other day those maps only count when is shows warm weather on this blogg…Fact check lol….INDY

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Yes, too funny but so true! They jump on any long range model that shows a warm up and ignore any long range map that shows snow and cold! Incredible!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

It keeps getting better and better! This is turning out to be an incredible pattern! keep it rocking!

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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)
Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Our local met at 6pm said temps near 40 next weekend. Sounds great to me.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Well they originally said the warm weather would be here by Monday, so they are all backing off the arrival of the above normal temps! Guest what the 40’s may not arrive until March!

INDY
INDY

Lol mokie been saying 40’s since Janurary …INDY

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Hmm, where were you last week when temps were breaking records in the 50’s?

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Rock on Indy and keep the facts rolling!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

I love these long winters! The nws mentions snow in their forecast discussion about 20 times and the so called warm up has been pushed back at least another week! Who would have thought? Incredible!

Andy W
Andy W

Lol!!! Ok….

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Those darn facts always get in the way of the warm weather hype!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

From the afternoon forecast discussion:

The snow totals have trended down a bit from this time yesterday with the ECMWF leading the way on that trend. Totals were never expected to be extremely heavy though with our 2-5 inch forecast from yesterday moving towards 1-4 inches in the current forecast. Most areas will see 1-3 inches of snow the next 24 hours (this evening through Thursday evening), with the highest amounts (isolated 4`s) towards BTL and JXN.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Looking Good!. Great job by the NWS for the WWA! I appreciate the fact that you are alerting the public to the hazardous conditions coming up and the rapidly falling temps and the freeze up on the roads for Thursday! Keep up the great work, after all that is your job to alert the public as it relates to hazardous conditions! Who knew?

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

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Wild Bill
Wild Bill

So is this counting tonights system, lake effect on Friday and the clipper on Saturday? That’s not much snow at all

Wild Bill
Wild Bill

Oh never mind I see this is till Saturday morning.

Andy W
Andy W

How is it a great job by the NWS for the WWA, when we haven’t even seen a flake of snow yet??? Have you read the new GRR NWS discussion?? What a joke, give me a break!!!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

LOL @ “We once again have a winter weather advisory for meager amounts of snow”

What I find interesting is that the counties to the east of me are expecting the same amount of snow. and NWS GRR issued a WWA, but NWS DTX did not.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Yeah, you can almost smell,the desperation, trying to make something happen but nothing does. We might end up going without a warning storm this entire Winter! Well except for that Winter Storm Not debacle.

Slim

There is still time for a ice storm. And March can produce some big storms but I do not see that happening this year. With meteorological spring less than 3 weeks away it is time to turn our attention toward that and away from snow and ice.
Slim

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

What’s your early take on Spring thunderstorms this year? Been very quiet the past couple. Seems like we just get rain and rain and rain. And then 2 more inches of rain on top of that.

Slim

Thunderstorms are hard to forecast even a few days before, so there is no way to know how this spring and summer will play out
Slim

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

I know that, I meant more along the lines of what is your gut feeling for this Spring? More of the same ole plain rain, or does the pattern start to shift and we get a little more exciting weather. Sometimes just a feeling is more accurate than today’s forecasting.

Slim

Hey the sun out. With that sun the temperature here in now at 28.
Slim

Slim

So far the winter of 2020 has only had 20 days with the maximum was at or below 32. While this will not be a record for the least number of days in a winter season that were at or below 32 (that was just 18 in the winter of 2011/12) the 2nd least that I can find is 27 in the winters of 1931/32 and 2005/06. The average number of days at Grand Rapids is 54.
Slim

Mookie
Mookie

Well, it’s day 12 of February and we have only had two below average days the entire month. I love it!

Slim

Much of the eastern United States is close to having one of the warmest winter seasons on record. Of course that is the case at Grand Rapids as well.
Slim

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Great month of winter weather so far and another great call by the NWS for a WWA! We will have slippery road conditions tomorrow am and then temps falling like a rock! Keep up the good work! Bring it!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

For all this phantom snow we’re having, we have a whopping total of about 1 inch on the ground with some spots around the yard grass showing through. We were in Grand Haven yesterday and there’s even less out that way. Most of the yards aren’t even covered.

Mookie
Mookie

LOL Got that right. The highest amount of snow on the ground going back almost a month has been 4″. If this is “winter wonderland,” sign me up every winter.

Slim

The most official snow depth at Grand Rapids this winter has been 6″ The record lowest maximum snow cover for a winter at Grand Rapids is 4″ in the winters of 1943/44 and 1905/06. There have been 4 years with 5″ and 10 more years with 6″. At this time while the snow has been on the below average side it looks like it will be how warm this winter has been that will make the record books.
Slim

INDY
INDY

More snow coming loving February 5 out of the last 7 days it has snowed and more on the way for most of West Michigan its looking like a Winter wonderland out there …Who new ??? Chalk up another nice Winter day on this Wednesday ..INDY

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Rock on! Keep the snow facts coming!

Bernie (Hamilton)
Bernie (Hamilton)

Check out western Minnesota this morning. I wish I could click my sorels together and be dropped into that wonderland of snow and ice.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

You know it!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Good description MV, another advisory for “meager” amounts of snow. Ridiculous. The Winter that never really was continues.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! It just keeps coming!