Old Man Winter Likes to Interrupt

“Yo Spring, Imma let you start…”

Lame indeed.

Pattern we are in is a stormy one for sure. As the jet stream tries to come up and return to a warmer trend, low pressure systems ride it like a wave. If there is a significant high pressure system over Hudson Bay in Canada, (like in our case) the temperature gradient as well as pressure gradient is squished together and that is where convection and all the requirements for a decent storm reside.

Let us first brief the Tuesday-Wednesday storm:

A large amount of precipitation was initially forecasted to reach the area on Tues/Wed, only precip type was in question. As of now  regions can be determined on what is going to be falling from the sky.

  • Areas south of I-96/I-69 (rough line from Grand Rapids to Lansing to Flint) will see the wet side of the storm as rain supporting warm air lifts into the region. Over half-inch of rain is likely. Thunder will be lurking about as well.
  • Just north of that, an ice storm looms. Up to a quarter-inch of ice could be on all surfaces if things pan out.
  • Central Michigan could see snow accumulations around a good 5 or 6 inches. Expect a few periods of sleet to mix in and cut accumulations, possibly some fz rain as well.
  • Northern Lower Michigan will see the biggest accumulations of around 8-10 inches.

Include a Google Maps view here, need to really work on my snow maps one of these years.

I will have a more in-depth preview tomorrow, should be noted that areas north of I-96/I-69 have a Winter Storm Watch in effect for Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon.

Another decent wintry storm is on the horizon for next Monday, but at a week out, will not open that can of worms until later.

Just changed that Spring tag too!

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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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