Getting a little closer

As opposed to last night, more action is on the weather map tonight. Very excited to see things start to come together. At this point I really just want it to start snowing.

I am afraid, in a sense, that something will go terribly wrong and the storm goes far south. Think its just the nerves acting up.

The NOAA site has been clogged all day due to high traffic. Reportedly, the storm is supposed to affect 100 million people, so that could be a contribution.

Found this on the NWS site. Very interesting.

I feel like things are much better now though. Either people are not as interested at 9pm, or those system administrators really cranked out some progress today.

I plan on making a video for tomorrow, because I have not done one for a long while, and think it would be a good idea for such an event. Will see how that pans out!

Rolling on to actual weather now:

Light snow will train West to East tonight. Most locations should pick up a inch or two. In this screen shot, you can also see the location of the Low pressure play-maker lurking innocently in the corner.

Just pointing out a few features on the map. Original radar image from NOAA/NWS, scribblings by me.

Nothing much has changed since yesterday though. Large swath of at least a foot of snow is expected to spread from Oklahoma, to Chicago, and finally up to Detroit. Almost like a giant hockey stick…upside down. Heaviest amounts in Michigan are still expected to be in the 12-14 inch range. Isolated areas could approach 18. I would say a section from Grand Rapids to Flint and south will be looking at more than a foot when this is done. Areas north can see between 6 and 10 inches, which is still a sizable amount. However a slight hunch of the pressure system weakening has recently brought down amounts in the north.

I’m going to let others make decisions about school closings, just a friendly reminder, I do not forecast those. (Yea I mentioned it last post, but who is going to have school with a foot and a half of snow on the ground?)

The Grand Rapids and Detroit NWS offices have held off the Winter Storm Warnings for another forecast period, but most likely come sunrise everything should be in the pink and ready for the snow. Would not be surprised if they pull out the Blizzard Warning for some counties with the really heavy snow and high winds.

Like I said, will work out a video tomorrow in my free time. Going to be hard to concentrate with this thing rolling through!


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

One Response to Getting a little closer

  1. dad says:

    Thank you for the update. Please keep in touch with the homestead during this snow. Hope the electric power stays on during this storm.
    Standing by, DAD

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