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Winter is here!


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n-winter-photo-lois-allenWe had our first big winter snowstorm last weekend, bringing 8-10 inches of snow across parts of Michigan, including here in Kent County. Kids were rejoicing Monday morning, when many schools were canceled, including here in Cedar Springs. Reader Shaun Cook sent us this nice photo of downtown Main Street, taken after road crews had plowed Main Street late Sunday night. Thanks, Shaun!

Publisher Lois Allen took this photo of her bird feeder, showing just how much snow had fallen at her home in Nelson Township.

More snow is on the way. If you’d like to send us photos of winter weather, or kids having fun in the snow, send them to news@cedarspringspost.com.

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Winter storm drops 10 inches of snow


Snow piled up on Main Street on Monday after Sunday’s storm. Post photo by J. Reed.

Snow piled up on Main Street on Monday after Sunday’s storm. Post photo by J. Reed.

Blowing, drifting and plowed snow surrounded The Springs Church parking lot Monday at First and Maple Streets. Post photo by J. Reed.

Blowing, drifting and plowed snow surrounded The Springs Church parking lot Monday at First and Maple Streets. Post photo by J. Reed.

February 2015 introduced itself Sunday with a winter blast that saw storm warnings issued across the Midwest from Iowa to the Great Lakes to New York.

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids reported that the heaviest snow fell across northern Illinois, northern Indiana, and southern Lower Michigan. Grand Rapids and Cedar Springs were in a medium band and saw 8-10 inches of snow. A resident on Berrigan Ave reported 10 inches to the Post. Counties south and south east of us saw up to 18 inches, while counties to the north saw 4 to 6 inches.

This storm was the 5th largest snowstorm on record for Chicago, where 19.3 inches fell. Winds increased on the afternoon and evening of February 1, gusting to 30-35 mph across Lower Michigan. The wind was a significant factor in creating blowing snow, very low visibilities, and deep drifts. Arctic air wrapped in behind the storm system and skies cleared during the early morning hours of February 2, resulting in low temperatures in the single digits with wind chills down to -10 to -15 degrees.

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Early snowstorm slams West Michigan


Blowing snow, wind chills in the single digits and icy roads put the area in a deep freeze, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, causing hundreds of schools to close and many drivers to slide off the road.

Heavy lake effect snow piled up across the area, with most areas getting somewhere around a foot. According to WOOD-TV8, Tuesday’s high temperature of 19 degrees was the coldest high temperature ever recorded for that date in Grand Rapids. That’s 27 degrees below average. At this same time last year, on November 17, we had severe weather that even spawned tornadoes across the state.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Kent County was under another winter weather advisory until early Friday morning, with another 6-8 inches of snow expected. By Saturday and Sunday, temps are expected to climb above freezing again.

Now that winter seems to be here, Kent County Emergency Management reminds everyone to pay attention to weather conditions before heading out the door. Give yourself a few extra minutes to arrive on time.

The cold can cause problems for many, especially people with pre-existing medical conditions, young children, and seniors. “Be a good friend or neighbor. Check on those who are elderly or have a medical condition,” says Jack Stewart, Kent County Emergency Management Coordinator. “Making a daily call or visit part of your routine could really help someone in need.”

If you haven’t shut off water to your outdoor spigots yet, do it now. Make sure you have emergency kits in your car and home this winter. The Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness recommends you keep the following items in your home: Battery-powered flashlight, Batteries, Weather and/or portable radio, Extra food (canned or dried food is best) and a can opener, Bottled water (at least 3 gallons per person), First aid kit.

“If you lose power in your home and use a generator, be sure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning,” Stewart says. “Also know the hazards if you need an emergency heating source, like a space heater.” Keep emergency supplies in your car as well. A small battery powered radio and extra batteries, a cell phone, and a blanket should always be kept within reach.

This early in the season, pets may be more vulnerable to the cold. Keep pets indoors as much as possible. The smaller the pet, the quicker the cold impacts them. Puppies and kittens are especially sensitive to the cold, as are older pets. Watch out for community cats that might crawl under the hood of your car to keep warm. Bang loudly on the hood before starting the car, and never leave pets in a car during the winter. Temperatures can be just as cold inside the car as they are outdoors.

More tips on winter preparedness from the Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness can be found at: www.mcswa.com/Winter-Hazards.html.

 

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Year in Review: Winter storm blasts area


Digging out was a common sight all across the area Friday, February 8. Post photo by J. Reed.

Digging out was a common sight all across the area Friday, February 8. Post photo by J. Reed.

Other than the flooding that hit the area, one of the biggest weather-related stories was when the first real snowstorm of the season hit us with 12-15 inches of heavy, wet snow February 7 and 8.

According to the National Weather Service, in some places it came down at a rate of two inches per hour.

People tried to dig out of the mess, but even if people got out of their driveway, they may not have been able to get down the road, since many roads were not plowed. Schools all across the area were canceled.

 

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