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National Weather Service Grand Rapids Michigan
638 am EST Friday Nov 28 2014

Latest update...

issued at 310 am EST Friday Nov 28 2014

Cold weather will continue today with widespread light snow and
accumulations of 1 to 3 inches that could result in slick spots
on area roads. Temperatures will moderate this weekend with some
light rain showers and drizzle before a much colder airmass moves
back into lower Michigan Monday.


Short term...(today through sunday)
issued at 310 am EST Friday Nov 28 2014

Light snow will develop across our forecast area today in an area
of isentropic upglide well to the NE of the warm front that will
lift slowly NE into Illinois. Snow accumulations from middle to late
morning through this evening will range from one to three inches.
Highest accumulations within that range continue to look most
probable northwest of kgrr from near kmkg northward to kldm with help from
south-southwest flow lake enhanced moisture and as suggested by 00z European model (ecmwf)

Precipitation type may change to a very brief period of light freezing
drizzle/light freezing rain or sleet late tonight before enough
warm air moves in to change precipitation type to plain light rain showers
and drizzle Saturday through Sunday. Maximum temperatures Saturday will reach
the upper 30s to lower 40s and will be well into the 40s for Sunday.

Long term...(sunday night through thursday)
issued at 310 am EST Friday Nov 28 2014

Extended period will start off with a cold front moving through
Sunday night...which may be able to focus some light snow or mixed
precipitation. Then drier and colder air moves in with some light
lake effect snow showers possible early Monday. Inversion heights
crash as an Arctic high begins to build in later in the day and the
surface high should bring dry weather through Tuesday.

Warm advection begins Tuesday night with some light snow or mixed
precipitation possible before another cold front moves through
Wednesday and things dry out again.

Thursday is a question mark as several runs of the GFS have shown
precipitation in an area of isentropic upglide north of a surface warm
front across the Ohio Valley reaching the southern forecast area.
The ecwmf is about 24 hours slower with the progression of this.
Kept low chance probability of precipitation in the forecast for now. Precipitation type is also a
problem with GFS soundings showing potential for mixed precipitation across
the southern half of the forecast area...while the ecwmf would be
mostly liquid...and not arriving until after Thursday.


Aviation...(for the 12z tafs through 12z Saturday morning)
issued at 637 am EST Friday Nov 28 2014

MVFR conditions in light snow this morning with IFR conditions for
a time this afternoon. The snow could mix with some ice pellets
this evening. Winds will be southerly at or below 10 knots.


issued at 310 am EST Friday Nov 28 2014

A new Small Craft Advisory will go into effect from middle afternoon
today through Saturday as increasing southerly winds will cause
wave heights to ramp back up after a brief lull this morning and
early afternoon.


issued at 310 am EST Friday Nov 28 2014

No Hydro issues are anticipated this weekend into next week.
Precipitation today through the weekend into next week will be
light and not significant enough to cause any Hydro issues.


GRR watches/warnings/advisories...
Lm...Small Craft Advisory from 3 PM this afternoon to 6 PM EST
Saturday for lmz844>849.



short term...Laurens
long term...ostuno

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