11-24-04: Winter Storm Warnings for Southern Michigan

First season snowfall for southern Michigan. Winter Storm Warning have been issued,
Total snow accumulations expercted 5 to 9 inches according to NWS.
http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KDTX/0411242109.wwus43.html
http://kamala.cod.edu/winter/0411242101.KG...GRR.wwus43.html
http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KIWX/0411241817.wwus43.html

Went outside, with no tripod, at 4:30 PM EST and took 2 pics.
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Just went outside around 5:30 PM EST, we now have 5.4 inches of snow.
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Mike
 
Hahaha, and it all begins Mike! If there is one thing I will miss from Michigan, it will be the snow. Not the looooong winter, just the snow :wink: Enjoy!

Tim
 
I think much of the area is going to bust - I don't see widespread 6+" amounts being reported out of this event...
 
My grandparents lived in the UP, near Detour (yes, a town called Detour). The snow up there was always great. I still hold out hope for that one fateful day when Orlando sees a freak snowfall. I don't expect it to stick on anything, but just seeing it fall here would be enough. We usually get several days out of the year that are cold enough, but they also tend to be bone dry. Oh, the havoc that would cause. :)
 
Winter storm warning in southern Ontario as well, although I didn't get nearly as much snow as Mike did... yet. They are calling for more tomorrow, we just got a dusting of the white stuff today. Freezing rain is in the forecast for tonight... yuck!
 
So far 8.2 inches of snow in Kentwood. Ionia, Kent and eastern Ottawa counties got the brunt of the snow. Even though Grand Rapids, Michigan average 73.2 to 76.2 inches of snow a year, depending on source of climate data. 6 inch snowfalls or more in a 24 hour period, is not as common. Record 24 hour snowfall for Grand Rapids is 16.1 inches.
MICHIGAN PRECIPITATION REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS, MI
730 PM EST WED NOV 24 2004

IONIA IONIA 7.5 INCHES
BELDING 7.5 INCHES
KENT WFO GRAND RAPIDS 7.9 INCHES
GRANDVILLE 7.5 INCHES
KENTWOOD 8.0 INCHES
EAST GRAND RAPIDS 8.8 INCHES
WYOMING 9.0 INCHES
OTTAWA JAMESTOWN 10.0 INCHES

Source:http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KGRR/0411250031.nous43.html
Mike
 
Some snowfall totals from tonght storm in West Michigan:

11.00 inches Kent County: East Grand Rapids
10.5 inches Ottawa County: Jamestown Township
10.0 inches Kent County: Wyoming
9.80 inches Kent County: NWS Grand Rapids
9.00 inches Ottawa County: Park Township
9.00 inches Ottawa County: Zeeland
8.60 inches Kent County: Byron Center
8.50 inches Kent County: Kentwood
8.30 inches Kent County: Walker
8.25 inches Isabella County: Mt Pleasant
8.00 inches Calhoun County: Homer
7.80 inches Kent County: Ada Township
7.75 inches Kent County: Alpine Township
7.50 inches Ionia County: Belding
7.50 inches Ionia County: Ionia
7.50 inches Kent County: Grandville
7.30 inches Kent County: Grattan Township
7.30 inches Kent County: Rockford
7.20 inches Kent County: Ada
7.00 inches Allegan County: Holland
7.00 inches Allegan County: Plainwell
7.00 inches Barry County: Yankee Springs
6.75 inches Kalamazoo County: Portage
6.70 inches Barry County: Hastings
6.50 inches Clinton County: Ovid
6.50 inches Gratiot County: Breckenridge
6.50 inches Kent County: Belmont
6.50 inches Kent County: Lowell
6.50 inches Kent County: Oakfield Township
6.50 inches Van Buren County: Kendall
6.00 inches Clinton County: St.Johns
6.00 inches Kalamazoo County: Western Michigan University
6.00 inches Van Buren County: Paw Paw
5.50 inches Clinton County: Lansing Airport
4.40 inches Muskegon County: Muskegon Airport

Also earlier, some lightning strikes with the snow, down in Barry County,

Mike
 
Here along the Mississippi in northwest IL we just got a glancing blow from this storm. We had two hours of moderate snow, and received just under an inch in the grassy areas. Before that, and after that we were right on the edge and only had a few flurries. Just 40 miles to my southeast in Galva IL, they had 7"!! Wow that was a close call!! :)
 
11-24-04 Unofficial Snowfall Map from the NWS Grand Rapids:
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Experimental Unofficial Snowfall Maps
This is Unofficial Data
This snowfall analysis is not official data. It is the National Weather Service's best estimate of how much snow fell across southwest Michigan during the specified time period, using reports from local law enforcement agencies, volunteer spotters, and road commissions. In many cases, the reports received by the NWS are only rough estimates and are not official measurements. Although we will make every effort to produce a map after each significant snow event, an updated graphic cannot be guaranteed on a consistent basis. Source:http://www.crh.noaa.gov/grr/ifps/SnowMap/
Mike
 
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