I’m not dreaming of a white Krismas…

… because I don’t have to dream. The not-quite-winter winter storm that was blowing across the country last week made it to Michigan over the weekend and left even those of us here in the southern region with at least a foot and a half of snow. This is the view from my front door Sunday morning:


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Today it’s snowing some more. The weird part is that it’s wasn’t, and still isn’t, the stereotypical big fluffy flakes you normally associate with lots of snow, but lots of wussy little flakes reminiscent of sugar substitute that sting your face and are generally annoying as hell. Normally you’ll get an inch or so out of those, but it just kept on coming and we ended up with a metric assload of the stuff. It’s also been bone bitingly cold as of late with temps not reaching far out of the teens, if at all, during the day. It feels more like February than December.

On the plus side it does feel like the Krismases of my youth. It’s entirely possible that I’m not remembering them clearly, but it seems we had snow like this a lot more often when I was a kid. Of course Pontiac is a bit further north than Ann Arbor so it’s possible we did get more snow, but the past decade or so it seems like we get dumped on with a foot or two in November that lasts three days tops and by Krismas we’re lucky if we have a dusting of snow. This feels like Krismas. Though ironically it may end up keeping us from visiting with my folks come Krismas Eve as the weather report guys are predicting freezing rain that day. Winter has come early to Michigan.

Updated: Just checked the weather and we’re under yet another winter weather advisory until 7PM tomorrow night:

… WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST WEDNESDAY…

THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW… SLEET… AND FREEZING RAIN IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST WEDNESDAY.

PERIODS OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED FROM LATE THIS MORNING THROUGH TONIGHT. SNOWFALL WILL BE MODERATE TO HEAVY AT TIMES… DROPPING VISIBILITIES TO LESS THAN ONE MILE. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 5 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. IN ADDITION… THE SNOW IS EXPECTED TO MIX WITH SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN LATE TONIGHT… BEFORE CHANGING OVER TO MOSTLY RAIN BY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW… SLEET… OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES… AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
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… ANOTHER WINTER STORM TAKES AIM AT SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN…

.A PROLONGED PERIOD OF UNFAVORABLE WEATHER CONDITIONS WILL OCCUR TODAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY AS A COMPLEX WINTER STORM TRACKS THROUGH THE UPPER MIDWEST. A WARM FRONT PRECEDING THE SYSTEM WILL SLOWLY LIFT ACROSS SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN TODAY AND TONIGHT… BRINGING WITH IT SEVERAL BANDS OF SNOW. THE PASSAGE OF THESE BANDS ACROSS THE AREA WILL PRODUCE PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL… WITH ACCUMULATIONS GENERALLY RANGING FROM 4 TO 6 INCHES BY 700 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING.

THE MAIN SURFACE LOW IS THEN EXPECTED TO TRACK NORTHEAST THROUGH SOUTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN ON WEDNESDAY BRINGING A SECOND ROUND OF WINTER WEATHER TO THE REGION. BY THIS TIME… ENOUGH WARM AIR WILL HAVE SURGED NORTHWARD TO ALLOW SNOW TO MIX WITH SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN. THIS WINTRY MIX OF PRECIPITATION WILL MIX WITH RAIN TOWARDS THE OHIO BORDER. AREAS NEAR AND NORTH OF TRI CITIES WILL REMAIN PRIMARILY SNOW… AND THE POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 INCHES FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING. FOR LOCATIONS ALONG AND SOUTH OF I-69… ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN LESS THAN 3 INCHES… WITH LIGHT TO MODERATE ICE ACCUMULATIONS. TRAVEL WILL BE DIFFICULT ACROSS THE REGION TODAY AND WEDNESDAY.

Jinkies!

12 thoughts on “I’m not dreaming of a white Krismas…

  1. You’re not kidding Les!

    I am way up by the bridge and we have more snow than I can recall by this time of the year, ever.

    It first came in mid November and hasn’t left. Like you said, usually a foot or so thne melt off, then anotyher foot or so and melt off…

    This year it hit the ground and stayed.

    Saturday evening I was out and about…the stars were showing thru the clouds and I parked my truck. Beforee bed I had about a half inch on teh truck. Woke up sunday morning to teh sound of plows and looked out and my truck was a white blob in the driveway..at least ten inches on it.

    It’s been the small crystal flakes all day and it has added up to a couple inches so far.

    the news last night said Kalkaska had 95 inches on the ground already…they avg. 140 a year!

  2. A metric assload hey smile Now how am I going to get the image of a plaster Les derriere mold being stored in some vault in France. 

    In other news, we are still currently drudging through one of the longer solar minimums (minima?), that has occurred in some time.

    It already has some of the more hysterical types crying that we are entering into the next Maunder Minimum (or whatever it would be called this time around).

    T

  3. Wow.  When is it cold enough here it doesn’t do anything, but when we do get precip it is warm enough it is just a messy rain.  🙁

  4. We’ve been getting the same storms, as they blast through here before moving through Milwaukee, Chicago, then on to you in Michigan. We receive about 3 or 4 inches each time, and have well over a foot now. Temps rarely getting above zero in the day. Feels more like late January. Too cold for the salt to work on the freeways, but they dump lots of it anyway. One day last week it hit 20 and we had a slushfest from all that salt finally doing its thing. Used almost a gallon of wiper fluid just to make the 25 mile drive home. Still…better than black ice.

    Ah, winter in Minnesota.

  5. Today is the first break in the cold here in Calgary.  We’ve had -20° C to -30° C plus wind chill for just short of two weeks.  Probably the coldest December in 30 years.

  6. Today is the first break in the cold here in Calgary.  We’ve had -20° C to -30° C plus wind chill for just short of two weeks.  Probably the coldest December in 30 years.

    Aha! You’re the one sending us those Alberta Clippers! wink

  7. I’ve noticed in the weather updates that they get the occasional casual comment from the author in the midst of them.  It would be hilarious to see “metric assload” show up in one. 

    My family down by the gulf coast of Texas got a few inches when New Orleans got snow earlier in the month.

  8. It’s supposed to be -7° C here today!(that’s 19.4° F). I cannot wait to go outside at lunch when the office closes and frolic in the warm weather.

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