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7.9 magnitude given to the quake right now on the USGS website. Location was 25 mi. west of Panguna, Papua New Guinea. It was a very deep quake (86 miles), which will minimize damage and casualties. Split in road.
Here’s a look at reservoir levels in CA. Heavy precipitation this winter has pushed many reservoirs above their historical January average levels. Shasta Lake, the biggest reservoir in CA, is up 1.09 ft. in the last 24 hours and has only 32 feet to go to reach the top of the dam. Lake Oroville, the 2nd biggest reservoir is also well above average level. Don Pedro is not showing up, but that’s also above the historical average. San Luis has just reached the historic average and Millerton and McClure are filling nicely. 24-hour rainfall totals as of 10 pm Sat: 2.9″ Palomar Mt., 2.4″ Gasquet, 0.96″ Yosemite, 0.76″ Salinas, 0.39″ Redding, 0.32″ San Francisco, 0.31″ Oakland, 0.29″ Palm Springs, 0.17″ Modesto, 0.15″ San Diego, 0.13″ Sacramento. San Diego has had measurable rain 11 days this month. San Francisco has had 8.21″ of rain this month, more than double the rainfall they got in the entire year of 2013. More heavy rain and mountain snow on the way.
Still cold in AK, -51 at Tanana Sat. AM – Temp. departure from average this month: Nome -1.8 deg., Fairbanks -3.9 deg., Anchorage -8.9 deg.
Severe Weather down South – 75 mph gust at Birmingham. Hattisburg MS tornado was EF3. Large hail fell with these storms. 2″ diameter hail in LA. Tornado from Plain Dealing LA. Pic. of Vivian LA tornado. Boards go right thru a brick wall. Huge waves and near hurricane-force winds in Sardinia. Amazing views of snow-covered Algeria palm trees. Damage in GA. Scottsville TX tornado. LOTS of tornado damage photos here. Local grocer in Cataula GA reported biscuit cans bursting in the store as the tornado passed very nearby. Cars flipped. Petal MS tornado damage. Video of wind damage in Sardinia. Waterspout and huge waves in Sardinia. All-time January record high temps. set Sat. at Brownsville (95) and McAllen (96), Texas. Waterspout off Algeria. Snow in Algeria. First snow since 2005. Shopping center and church destroyed. Millions of dollars in damage at Hattisburg MS. Camels in the snow.
@MammothMountain January is shattering records – officially the snowiest Jan in history! Only 27″ to go until we hit most snow in one month EVER! Nice slo-mo snow at link. Track of Hattisburg tornado. Globally, January currently 7th warmest on NCEP CFSR record out of last 36 years (s a tellite era).
Ronald Reagan has the distinction of having both the coldest and the warmest inauguration days in going back to 1937 (before 1937, the inauguration took place in March, not January). In 1981, the temp. at noon in Washington D.C. was a balmy 55 degrees. Four years later in 1985, the low temp. in Washington D.C. was -2 and at Noon it was only +8F. The parade was cancelled and the swearing in was moved indoors to the Capitol Rotunda. Four years ago, the temp. was 28 when Barack Obama took the oath for the 2nd time. When John Kennedy was inaugurated in 1961, there was 8″ of relatively new snow on the ground and the temp. was just 22 at noon. Despite Ronald Reagan’s chilly inauguration day in 1984, the weather has on the whole been warmer for Republicans (39.3 deg.) than Democrats (32.5).
This year, temperatures are expected to be between 45 and 50 with scattered rain showers. Here’s current conditions in Washington D.C. Here’s current Washington area radar and regional radar. Coverage of the inauguration starts at 10 am on WOODTV (NBC).
A rock fall area has become active again on Oregon route 58 (Willamette Highway) near milepost 54, just west of the Salt Creek Tunnel. Also: Oregon DOT reports a landslide has Oregon Highway 36 closed three miles west of Triangle Lake (MP 24.5). Could be an extended closure.
Washington St. DOT reports: Snoqualmie Pass (I-90) is expected to remain closed into Thursday due to ice and fallen trees, the Washington Department of Transportation announced Wednesday. From Oregon DOT: “I-84 Troutdale-Hood River is closed (see pic. from Oregon DOT) – it’s impossible to navigate safely. Snow sliding over walls, onto road, too. Snowdrifts on I-84 are unpredictable. Trees still coming down, dangerous even for our experienced crews.”
Portland OR reports 0.97″ of rain with temps. between 33 and 36 – close call – could have been a dangerous ice storm. Astoria OR had 0.65″ thru 4 pm today with an average wind of 25.8 mph and a peak gust of 61 mph. Gusts hit 68 mph at Garibaldi and 67 mph on the Megler Bridge (highway 101). Lincoln Beach topped the list with a 72 mph gust. Portland weather coverage here.
Washington St. rainfall: 4.15″ Skokomish, 3.53″ Quillayute, 3.06″ Forks, 2.87″ Shelton.
Also: Spain sees its heaviest snowfall for 35 years as temperatures drop as low as -10C (14F). REALLY heavy snow in Italy. 6 FEET of new snow! Fogbow. The sun climbs to only 5 deg. above the horizon at solar noon in Fairbanks AK today. The sun stays below the horizon all day at Barrow. Volcano with a sonic boom! Check out the eruption of the volcano in Colima, Mexico.
It’s cold enough to make a snowman shiver in our 49th state. Tanana was the coldest spot I could find this morning at 57 below zero. It got down to 53 below in Bettles, Livengood, Nikolai and Norutak Lake. Fairbanks bottomed out at 51 below zero, the coldest temperature in six years. On the south coast, Anchorage dropped to -14. Valdez reported another 3.5″ of snow, bringing their snowcover to 44 inches. Just northeast of Skagway, 18″ of new snow fell, causing officials to close the highway. Fairbanks now has 19″ of snow on the ground.
This is the 6-10 day temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for Jan. 18-22. We’ve got a big January thaw coming next week with temperatures heading into the 40s pretty much from Monday through Friday. It’s certainly possible that some spots could touch 50 a time or two. The warmer than average air will cover just about everyone east of the Rockies. Since Dec. 1, Grand Rapids is averaging 1.4 deg. cooler than average and that should be erased by the warm air next week. The trend should be for colder air and more snow toward the end of the month (27th – 31st).
The heavy rain in California continue to fill up the state’s reservoirs. Shasta lake, the biggest reservior in CA is now at 129% of average level for Jan. 11. The level of the reservoir is up another 3.4 FEET in the last 24 hours and needs to go up another 28 feet to reach the top of the dam. Oroville, the 2nd biggest reservoir in CA is at 123% of average capacity. You can see the Folsom, Don Pedro, McClure and Millerton reservoirs are all above average water level.
There was one person killed when a tree fell on her car near Lake Tahoe. I-80 was closed over the summit west of Reno due to low-hanging power lines from Kingvale to Truckee.
A Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect until 1 pm for the counties in purple on the map…essentially south of a line from S. Haven to Saginaw Bay. Temperatures are below freezing over the entire area. We’ve had a combination of freezing rain/drizzle and snowflurries. Roads have ice and with temps. in the mid-upper 20s during the day, it probably won’t melt much. Salting is underway, but it takes awhile to get to the side streets and back roads.
We’ve had a lot of crashes and slide-offs, inc. this accident on 72nd Ave. in Zeeland, where a fire truck slid off the road. Ice will be relatively clear and hard to see. You know the routine…leave a few minutes early, slow down, leave a good interval between you and the vehicle in front of you, bridges and overpasses freeze first, watch Storm Team 8 for the latest. We had 374 closings this AM – including most of Kent and Ottawa County Schools. Lots in the threads below this one…so read on if you have the time. Have an awesome day!
Model data: The overnight run of the NAM high temps. for the next 3 days are 35 (already reached this morning), 25, 31. The GFS highs for next week starting with Sun. are: 34, 43, 46, 41, 35. So, above average temps. much of next week (average hi is 31), then a trend toward colder toward the end of next week. The last week of Jan. looks chilly.
Also: Roswell, NM, set a daily record high of 82 F on Wednesday.
Links: Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, Milwaukee radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar, Regional rada, the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. Here’s College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map, the National warning/watch/advisory map, and a surface weather map. Here’s the 84-Hour snow forecast from the NAM model and the 120-hour snow forecast from the GFS model. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s recent storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan ski conditions. Cool U.S. satellite loop.
Heavy rain has brought reservoir water levels to above average level conditions. California reservoir storage has increased from 71% of average at the end of November to 110% of average this morning. The water level of Shasta Lake, the biggest reservoir in California, has risen 4.56 FEET in the last 24 hours. The level is now just 31.83 feet from the top of the dam. Here’s the % of average volume for CA reservoirs this morning: Shasta Lake 126%, Oroville (2nd biggest reservoir) 117%, Don Pedro 129%, McClure 132%, Millerton 140%, Pine Flat 101%. The Lexington Reservoir has reached capacity is water is not going over the spillway. Four South Bay reservoirs have reached capacity. Even with the increased water releases from Folsom Lake, the reservoir has risen nearly 35 FEET since the beginning of 2017. Here’s video of flooding (and stranded cows) near Hollister CA. Very heavy mountain snows should keep reservoir water levels high through the coming summer. Look at this avalanche coming across the highway. The “rain train” continues into next week.
Storms have produced strong winds which has downed some trees and power lines. Some flooding is ongoing. CALTRANS reports: “Many reports of cars driving into standing water, becoming stranded when engine cuts off.” A small tornado struck Sacramento CA.
A major snowstorm has hit northwest Oregon. As I write this around 3 am EST, downtown Portland estimates 8″ of new snow. Up to 12″ is reported in the Portland area and it’s still snowing. The Portland Airport averages 4.4″ of snow per winter. Winter Storm Warnings remain in effect into the midday. As of 3 am EST, Portland officially had received 0.54″ liquid equivalent at the airport. Cold comes into Portland down the Columbia River Valley and tonight Portland had an east wind at 16 mph gusting to 30 mph. Portland has had 14 consecutive days with colder than average temperatures and 34 of the last 38 days have been colder than average. They are running 9.8 deg. colder than average so far in Jan. and they have only made it to 40 once since Dec. 3. December was 3.2 deg. cooler than average in Portland.
Four homeless people have died from hypothermia so far this January. Cold weather kills 20 times as many people as hot weather, according to an extensive study in the British Journal, The Lancet. This report backs up a U.S. study last year from the National Center for Health Statistics, which found that cold kills more than twice as many Americans as heat.
Many schools will be closed again today. Beaverton and Portland have already had to cancel school 5 times and only had 2 built-in inclement weather days. Vancouver has had 4 closures with one makeup day on January 30 and the rest scheduled for June 19-21.
Farther north, Seattle is running 9.0 deg. colder than average so far in January after being 2.6 deg. colder than average in December. Seattle has only had 5 days warmer than average since Dec. 3.
A series of winter storms has piled up snow in the mountains throughout much of the Western U.S. Mt. Baker (WA) reports 14″ of new snow in the last 48 hours and a base of 161″. The Paradise Ranger Station in Mt. Rainier Natl. Park reports a snow depth of 101″. The Timberline Ski Resort (OR) has picked up 275″ of snow so far this winter. Mammoth Mt. (CA) has a base depth of 110″ at the main lodge and has a season total of 205″ this winter. Snowbird (UT) is up to 216″ for the winter and Breckenridge in CO reports a season total of 155″.
pics from KOIN and the NWS
As of midday yesterday, the Great Lakes have a 3.1% ice cover. You can see some ice has formed in Green Bay, Saginaw Bay and in Black Bay in Lake Superior. The cold pattern we are in will accelerate that number a bit, though we’ve had fairly strong winds and it’s hard to get ice to harden up with a brisk wind. We started winter with warmer-than-average Great Lakes water temperatures.
This is a graph of Great Lakes Ice Cover going back to 1973. You can see the two winter with big ice accumulations in 2013-14 and 2014-15 and the below average year we had last year. We had a lot of cold winters from 1976 to 1986, with the exception of the strong El Nino winter of 1982-83, when we were 65 degrees on Christmas Day in G.R.
Water Levels: Lake Michigan/Huron dropped 2″ in December and it’s down 4″ year-to-year. Michigan/Huron is still 6″ above the historic average for Jan 1. Lake Superior dropped 3″ in December and the lake is also down 4 ” in the last year. Superior is 4″ above average water level. Lake Erie was up 1″ in December – it’s even with last year at this time and 9″ above the historic average. Lake Ontario is also up 1″ in the last month. Ontario is down 2″ year-to-year and is at 2″ below average level. Lake St. Clair is up 2″ in the last month, down 2″ in the last year and stands 9″ above the historic average. Flow on all the rivers that connect the Great Lakes are expected to remain above average through much of the winter.
Here’s a few current river flows in cubic feet per second along with the average flow in ( ): Grand Rapids at Lansing 1620 (683), Muskegon River at DDroton 2050 (1920), Kalamazoo River at Comstock 1230 (845). Many river level readings were not available because of ice. There are still Flood Advisories for the Grand River at Ionia and the Maple River at Maple Rapids.
Great Lakes News: This article is simply not true. It says: “…here in the Great Lakes region, the evidence of regional climate change can be seen in every day.” The article quotes a “researcher”: “…signs of climate change in the Great Lakes basin include severe storms, increased precipitation and reduced ice cover on the lakes. It can easily be shown that we are not getting more severe storms. A few years ago, the lower water levels on the Great Lakes were supposed be due to climate change. Now the levels have gone up, it’s still climate change. If the levels stayed the same, I guess that would be “climate change”, too. Look at the graph of ice cover, which was high during the cold winters of the late 70s and early 80s (but that was above average, not the norm)…then ice extent dropped from the early 80s to the early 2000s. And, as it’ done every time it went down in the past, ice extent went up again and we had two of the top highest extent years from 2013-2015. Regional climate change is mainly due to land use. Cities full of asphalt, concrete and heat emitting buildings and cars are warmer than the forests they replaced. We’ve changed the prairies of the Midwest to corn and soybean fields, some of them irrigated. This raises the dew points and we get (slightly) increased precipitation and warmer nighttime low temps. You can call that “regional climate change”, but it’s not CO2 and we aren’t going to change land use.
Several strong magnitude 5.6-5.7 earthquakes struck along the NV/CA border southeast of Carson City NV near the town of Hawthorne (where a boulder has rolled onto a roadway) early this morning. The first quake was at 3 am EST and was 12 km deep (7.5 mi.) …the second hit 12 minutes later and was at a depth of 8.2 km. (5.1 mi). The third quake at 4:13 am was a relatively shallow quake with a depth of around 5 km (3 miles). Here’s what the shaking was like. At least two of the quakes were felt west at Sacramento and down past Fresno. There have already been multiple smaller aftershocks. Damage pic.
A stronger magnitude .7quake hit 240km SW of Puerto Montt in Chile on Christmas Day. That quake had a depth of 15km (9.3 miles).
Currently we are experiencing winds of sufficient force in the Straits area to issue a warning to all motorists preparing to cross the Mackinac Bridge.
Examples of vehicles which are especially vulnerable to high winds are pickup trucks with campers, motor homes, vehicles pulling trailers and enclosed semi-truck trailers. Motorists are instructed to reduce their speed to a maximum of 20 miles per hour, turn on their four way flashers, and utilize the outside lane. Motorists are asked to exercise appropriate caution.
Earlier today the bridge was closed for a brief time due to falling ice (there was freezing rain there last night and early this AM. The 4 pm temp. had risen to 48 at Mackinac Island with a wind gusting to 37 mph. Peak gusts between 3 and 4 pm included 48 mph at Newberry, 44 mph at Sawyer-Gwinn and 43 mph at Beaver Island. The peak gust at the Muskegon Channel was 40 knots (46 mph) at 5 am.
(WOOD) — “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens in theaters across the country Friday. The movie could break box office records, but it’s not a sequel — it is a standalone movie that fits into the timeline of the Star Wars saga.
Remember the opening crawl of the very first “Star Wars” movie back in 1977:
“Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebels spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon: the Death Star.”
Those words explaining what was happening in the very first movie is where the idea for the new movie came from. John Knoll, one of the visual effects supervisors, came up with a story treatment and then a screenplay was crafted.
“Rogue One” shows us for the first time the rebels’ mission to steal the plans for the first Death Star, an armored space station powerful enough to blow up an entire planet. It’s the classic story of good guys versus bad guys: the Rebellion trying to save the galaxy from Darth Vader and the Empire.
“Rogue One” is the eighth Star Wars movie in the franchise. Chronologically, “Rogue One” happens many years after Episode 3 “Revenge of the Sith” but the events of this new movie happened just before Episode 4, the original 1977 release, also known as “A New Hope.”
Most of the characters in “Rogue One” are new, but there are some familiar faces:
Mon Mothma led the rebellion in the original saga, appearing on screen only in “Return of the Jedi.” A younger version of her will be played by Genevieve O’Reilly. She was actually cast for Episode 3, but her scenes were cut.
James Earl Jones is back as the voice of Darth Vader, the brutal enforcer for the Empire.
C-3PO and a younger Princess Leia will make a cameo, along with her adopted father Bail Organa played by Jimmy Smits, his third time playing the character in a movie.
Also making appearances will be General Dodonna, who explained how the rebels would attack the Death Star in Episode 4, and Grand Moff Tarkin, who was in charge of the Death Star in that same movie.
Also appearing is a character that fans of the animated TV series “The Clone Wars” will remember: Saw Gerrera, played now by Forest Whitaker. Gerrera was a freedom fighter on his home planet of Onderon against during the Clone Wars. He and his people learned how to fight against the droid armies from Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, and Captain Rex. Gerrera appeared in four episodes during season 5 of “The Clone Wars,” along with his sister Steela.
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The Winter Storm Warning: Muskegon, Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Ingham, Allegan, Barry, Eaton, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun and Jackson and the Winter Weather Advisory for every other county in Michigan…except…it’s a Winter Storm Warning for Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph, Branch and Hillsdale Counties (and for N. Indiana), counties for 5-12″ of new snow…all run until 4 am.
There will be steady snow for much of this evening with another 1-3″ likely before 2 am. At 8:45 pm, the back edge of the snow is to about Milwaukee. We’ve already had 5-9″ of snow from this system. Martin, in Allegan Co., has had 34″ of snow in the last week! – roads are snow-covered and slippery. Winds haven’t been strong enough to cause any significant drifting. There are already schools closed for Monday, including Battle Creek, Greenville Ionia and Belding and we should get a lot more. There is also a chance of school closings later in the week from more snow and drifting snow.
These are snow depths as of about 7 pm. Snow totals: 20.5″ – 3 day total from Martin – 15″ on the ground. 13″ in 3 days at Paw Paw. 48 hr. totals: 13″ Hopkins, 10″ Brunswick (SW of Fremont), 11.2″ Grandville, 11.7″ in 60-hours at East G.R., 7″ in 53 hours at Zeeland. 8″ in 48 hours at the Ford Airport in G.R. Driving back from Traverse City Saturday, we ran into a heavy snow shower north of Cadillac – one car flipped over there – gotta slow down when you hit a heavier snow shower…expressway gets slick real fast.
We have a chance of a period of snow flurries tomorrow (Mon.), but much of the day will be dry. We’re likely to have a period of snow on Tuesday as the Arctic front arrives. The coldest Arctic Air will move in for Weds. and Thurs. The GFSX now gives G.R. high temps. of just 21 on Weds. and 16 on Thurs. and 22 on Fri. Thurs. PM it takes the wind to 25 mph, which would give us wind chill temps. near zero much of the day, some blowing snow and lots of drifting snow. If the GFSX plays out, we could have 2-3 foot drifts in some spots by Thurs. evening.
The links below will help track the winter weather. Here’s the Michigan Ski Report. Also: Laurium in the U.P. reported 11″ of snowfall just Sat. evening, with 4″ of snow in one hour! Blizzard conditions in Russia. Awesome sunset in the forest in Finland. Blue Canyon, CA has received 6.37″ of rain in the past 24 hrs! Cyclone Vardah moves into India. Heavy snow in Japan. At midnight it was -45 deg. at Watson Lake in NW Canada – Arctic Village AK down to -44. – very cold air. Extreme cold breaking electricity records in Canada. Beware Michigan and U.S. – in the rush to close down coal and nuclear power plants – remember that wind/solar is not as reliable and costs more. Northern Lights in Finland.
Links: National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the links to webcams. Here’s theinfrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s recent storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan.
The map above shows the odds of a White Christmas. It’s over 90% for the Western U.P., about 75% for NW Lower Michigan, 55% for Grand Rapids and around 35-40% for Detroit and Chicago.
The law of averages says we get a White Christmas (defined as 1″ or more of snow on the ground at sunrise on Christmas morning) this year. We’ve had a Green Christmas 4 of the last 5 years (including last year). The warmest Christmas ever in G.R. was in 1982 when the temperature soared to 65 degrees. I picked a dandelion in my front yard that day. We got video of people playing golf. It was also our wettest Christmas Day. From midnight-to-midnight, G.R. had 1.01″ of rain. Dec. 1982 was a year with a strong El Nino (like last year). It was the fourth warmest and third wettest December that Grand Rapids ever had. The most snow ever midnight-to-midnight on Christmas Day in G.R. was 7″ in 1990. The most snow we’ve had on the ground in G.R. Christmas morning was 22″ in 1951.
This is the 8-14 day temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for Dec. 16-22 and odds favor colder than average temperatures across all the Northern U.S., including all of the Great Lakes.
The precipitation forecast for Dec. 16-22 says above average for the Great Lakes and if it’s cold, that means snow. So, bottom line, odds certainly favor that we’ll have snow on the ground Christmas morning.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Ottawa, Allegan, Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties from midnight tonight to 4 pm on Friday. It’s a Winter Weather Advisory for Muskegon, Newaygo, Kent, Barry and Calhoun Counties also from midnight to 4 pm Friday. There’s a Winter Storm Watch for Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph (MI) Counties from late Weds. night through Thurs. night and a Winter Weather Advisory from 3 am to 2 pm Friday for Branch Co. (MI) and Steuben, Elkhart and St. Joseph (IN0 Counties. The warning counties can expect bands of up to 10″ of snow (locally a few spots will be higher) and 3-6″ for the advisory counties with less than 3″ as you go east toward Lansing and Alma. We’ll also have significant drifting snow with winds of 15-25 mph and gusts above 30 mph. Roads will be snow covered and slippery and visibilities will be close to zero in some of the stronger snow showers. The heaviest snow will develop overnight (in most areas around or after midnight) and continue into late Friday. Lighter snow showers are likely Saturday with a general 3-6″ snowfall Sat. night into Sun. AM. Cold air to follow that with snow showers and at least light additional accumulations on Monday and Tuesday. High temps. will be in the low-mid 30s today, upper 20s Thurs. – Sat…low-mid 30s on Sunday, 20s on Monday…and we could see a couple days next week when we could see daytime temps. stuck only in the teens. Ski areas will not only get natural snow, but they’ll really be able to crank up the snow guns. The cold, snowy pattern could continue through much of the rest of December.
Up north – there’s a Winter Storm Warning for Manistee, Wexford, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Antrim and Kalkaska Counties from midnight to 3 pm Friday for up to 10″ of snow with Winter Weather Advisories for Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Otsego, Crawford and Missaukee Counties. Heavy snow will also fall in the U.P.
Links: Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, Milwaukee looping radar. Regional radar and the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. More links: Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar.Here’s College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the links to webcams. Here’s theinfrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s recent storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph.