Battle Creek School Closings

December 11, 2009 by USA Post 

Battle Creek School Closings:BLIZZARD WARNING – from now until to 4 PM Thursday – for 2-tier of counties east of Lake Michigan (Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Allegan, Berry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Oceana, Newaygo, Mason and Lake Counties).  New discussion from GRR at 10:35 PM.  There’s now a Winter Storm Warning for Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph Counties and a Winter Weather Advisory for the rest of the counties to the east.  10 PM – New snow this evening:   4? Oshtemo, 3? near Battle Creek, Marshall and Buchanan in Berrien Co and in Hamilton/Allegan.  I would suspect parts of Barry Co. have had 3? of snow this evening.  Snow showers (some fairly heavy) will persist through the night with the heaviest snow likely between 3 AM and 10 AM and areas from Muskegon to Lansing to Battle Creek to Benton Harbor getting the most significant snow.  The strongest winds will be at Lake Michigan (gusts to +45-55 mph – waves 8-15 feet tonight!) and we’ll see gusts to +30-45 inland.  The worst of this will be late tonight and tomorrow AM.  GRR is down to 31 (below freezing now), Kalamazoo and Battle Creek are 25 and Coldwater is 21 –  temps. are falling -  most main roads are still wet now around Grand Rapids (they have been icy in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Benton Harbor, but…watch for a quick freeze this evening from south to north as the cold air comes in.  The lake effect snow will develop as the cold air moves in and strong winds will cause significant drifting later tonight and tomorrow.  CLICK ON “LIVE WEATHER CHAT” above for recent comments.  Here’s a surface weather map.  The low pressure center is over northern Lower Michigan.  Winds are starting to howl. (gusts to 60 at Spyglass in Holland around noon on Weds.).   Snow so far:  3.8? GRR, 4.4? MKG, 5.6? Hart, 6.5? Cadillac, 8? near Mt. Pleasant,  9? Marquette, 11? Ludington, 10? Scottville, 9? Manistee, 13? Evart (Osceola Co.), 2.7? Niles, 2.2? Lansing.  Here’s a map of snowfall today (it doesn’t include Evart).   Major wind damage in Menominee last night.  The MEASURED a gust to 78 mph there.  A State of Emergency has been declared in Wisconsin with all state offices and university campuses closed.  I-80 and I-35 were closed in places in Iowa – over a foot of snow at Des Moines.   Madison, Wisconsin got 17.2? of new snow!   Temperatures are in the single figures with 30 mph winds across much of Iowa, Minnesota NW Illinois and western Wisconsin.    Blizzard warnings stretch from Iowa to Michigan.   Click here to see Watches and Warnings.  Here’s GRR radar and current temperatures.   350 closings for Weds. PM and we’ll see a whole bunch of schools closed Thurs. AM and probably still some on Friday AM.  The strong wind should blow the best lake-effect inland toward GRR and Kalamazoo.   Here’s NAM snow and GFS snowfall.  Here’s the 84-hour Midwest snow forecast…heaviest across Wisconsin to northern Lower Michigan.  Here’s the Grand Rapids NWS discussion.  Wind chills would be down near zero.  The GFS also gives us temperatures no warmer than the mid 30s from Thurs. PM through 12/25 (looks like a White Christmas for much of Michigan) with cold air over much of the country east of the Rockies.  55.5% of the Lower 48 states has a snow cover Weds. AM!! This is weird…they gave the blizzard a name in Wisconsin (like naming hurricanes).  The barometer has been down below 29? and you don’t see that too often – this is a deep and powerful storm.    Keep coming back to the blog – we had 38,846 hits on the blog yesterday even though we were down for awhile.

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