Trailing lake effect…

…Storm looks to have same impacts recently mentioned, I think rain will be the main event…

However, it is interesting to note the differences between what NOAA and the NWS the government, has been mentioning about precip type, and relating it to Accuweather, a private weather forecasting service. What I have been reading on NOAA only brings up Rain or Snow. Accuweather brings in a Icy mix to the table.

http://www.accuweather.com/news-story.asp?partner=accuweather&traveler=0&article=1

I’m not sure what to take from this, but I do not have the tools to measure the temperature of different layers of the atmosphere. That is usually key when freezing rain is mentioned or sleet. Still believe regular rain will be the main object falling form the sky tonight. For freezing rain you need a warm layer under the intimal cool area, then another cold air mass at surface lever to ensure the drops are supercooled to freeze on contact. Usually it is the rarest form of winter weather but you can have an outbreak occasionally.

As this slop storm passes through tonight, we may actually get more accumulation off lake effect snow after the storm than from the storm itself. Looking ahead, things seem sure of a snow band coming off Lake Michigan setting up for Wednesday Night into Thursday. This is definitely going to be snow as the arctic air mass has moved in by then. Winds will also be howling as the cool air rushes in. Gusts of around 30mph can be expect. Temps will continue to drop into the upper teens by Thursday evening. If snow is falling at the time, can expect near white out conditions. Should only get about a inch or two, maybe less if all the snow is doing is blowing around, but it still may be more significant that what we get with the initial storm.

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About gweatherc
Live in Michigan and enjoy observing the weather. Want to pursue it as a career! Currently taking classes at Central Michigan University.

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