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Macon, Georgia to Lansing, Michigan

Let’s all hit the road, shall we? Our drive through the western side of the Appalachians and up towards the Great Lakes will take a day and a half as we cover 859 miles. The interstates, along with the residents of Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan will encourage a 70mph pace, and our first full day will net 559 miles.

DAY ONE (Monday)

High pressure, and fairly warm high pressure remains in control for most of the eastern United States. It’s a fairly warm high pressure too, which is good for windows being rolled down as you barrel down the highway. There is a stationary front across the Florida-Georgia border that could, in theory, bring about some isolated showers with clouds right as we get going out of Macon, but that shouldn’t last very long. There might be a bit of a pressure trough around the Smokey Mountains, but the only issue that might induce is some mountain fog as we slip through Tennessee. Other than that? No problem. We’ll make it to the northern side of Cincinnati and the suburb of Sharonville.

DAY TWO (Tuesday)
The wind might be a little bit more vigorous as we head northward out of Cincinnati towards Michigan, but we won’t really have any additional weather to contend with. Along with the warm south winds, there could be a little bit of mid level overcast, but that doesn’t dampen the roadways. It’s almost peak fall color season in Michigan, so enjoy the trip to Lansing.

A Lansing blow

I’ll be honest. I came up with this title almost as soon as the forecast for Lansing was placed upon my schedule. Still, it works out fine, as the Michigan Capitol was nicked by some snow both on Thursday and Friday as a departing system left a trace of snow to remember it by on Thursday, and an advancing warm front brought another spit of wet weather as the workweek concluded. The temperatures changed dramatically, as the system departed and warm air encroached, but a couple of outlets handled things very well. Accuweather had the top spot, narrowly bumping Victoria-Weather.
Actuals: Thursday – .1″ of snow, High 20, Low 13
Friday – Trace of snow, High 36, Low 14

Grade – A-B

Elizabethtown, Kentucky to Lansing, Michigan

The road trip today is spent mostly running lengthwise through the state of Indiana. I can tell you from experience that residents there move rather swiftly. Thus, it is somewhat surprising that it will take over 6 hours to cover 407 miles between the two towns, a mere pace of 65.3mph. Well, let’s get to it, I guess, and try to make up some time.

There is a bit of flurry activity currently ongoing in Michigan. That’s generally a statement you could make throughout the winter, but it’s more robust than it typically is thanks to the looming storm prepared to batter the east coast. As it wraps up towards New England, though, the snow in Michigan will peter out, and high pressure sliding into the Plains will win out. Expect a very pleasant drive, with a fresh veneer of white over the city when we arrive in Lansing.

Lansing, Michigan

All right, finally, I’m back with a forecast. We’ll be headed to the state capital of Michigan for today’s forecast. They were buffeted by snow and wind at the north end of the same system that brought tornadoes to the New Orleans area. How long until things clear out?

At 206PM, ET, Lansing was reporting overcast skies and a temperature of 28 degrees. Most of northern Michigan had cleared out, leaving the overcast for the southern part of the state. It was seasonably cool, stabilized by the clouds, as Michigan was within a sharp trough moving quickly through the Great Lakes. This trough is expected to generate a new area of low pressure overnight, one that will explode in the central Appalachians. A resultant flow over the Great Lakes may introduce more clouds and even some light snow to the region overnight.
A vast ridge will be moving into the center of the country through the day on Thursday, and will be in place fr Friday. Unfortunately for residents of Lansing, a robust little clipper will be riding the northern fringe of this feature. Precipitation will be much more significant in the UP, and where the Great Lakes can enhance things in lower Michigan, particularly around the Mackinac, but the southern fringe of the feature will likely reach Lansing. With the advancing warm air, there is a danger that some of the falling precipitation will arrive as sleet and make things icy for a brief time on Friday night. Fortunately, the warm up will continue, and this will not be a long term issue.
Tomorrow – Isolated early flurries, then clearing and warm, High 20, Low 14
Monday – Mixed wintry precipitation late, otherwise mostly cloudy and much warmer, High 33, Low 14

TWC: Tomorrow – Windy. Cloudy skies will become partly cloudy in the afternoon. A few flurries or snow showers possible High 19, Low 16
Friday – Cloudy in the morning followed by partly cloudy skies and gusty winds during the afternoon. Some mixed winter precipitation possible High 35, Low 19

AW: Tomorrow – Clouds breaking for some sun, breezy and colder with a couple of snow showers High 20, Low 14
Friday – Mostly cloudy and not as cold with some snow with little accumulation; breezy in the afternoon High 35, Low 13

NWS: Tomorrow – A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, high 22, Low 17
Friday – A 40 percent chance of snow before 1pm. Cloudy, High 35, Low 14

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of snow showers until midday. High 18, Low 16
Friday – Cloudy. A 50 percent chance of snow until midday, High 33, Low 14

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with chance of snow showers, High 23, Low 18
Friday – Mostly cloudy with chance of snow, High 36, Low 14

FIO: Tomorrow – Light snow in the morning. High 24, Low 14
Friday – Flurries starting in the morning, continuing until afternoon. high 41, Low 14

Some clouds lingering over southern Michigan, even 5 hours after I started this forecast. These are a real help though, otherwise it would be very chilly tonight.

At least it was warm!

It’s was dreary and rainy across central Michigan the past two days, but hey, it hit the upper 50s in Lansing on Tuesday! The only time it was below freezing in the past two days in Lansing was shortly after midnight on Monday morning. This led to a few hours of freezing rain, but it was over 32 by the time rush hour set in. That high in the upper 50s was a new record for the day. Strange for a pair of days that saw ice and rain ended up so warm. Victoria-Weather and The Weather Channel tied for the top forecast.
Acutals: Tuesday – .16 inches of rain (some freezing), High 43, Low 30
Wednesday – .6 inches of rain, High 57 Low 33

Grade: B

Lansing, Michigan to Saint Cloud, Minnesota

I’m surprised to say that our trip today will take us a day and a half, by exacting Road Trip Standards. It’s 695 miles and takes us right through Chicago, which is a problem. Our speed will be 61mph, so that first and only full day will be over after 488 arduous miles. A storm’s a brewin’ so let’s get out on the road.

It’s going to be rainy from the outset, unfortunately. Heavy rain is a real possibility as we head south from Lansing towards Indiana. By the time we reach Kalamazoo, the precipitation will be a little bit lighter, but the threat will persist. A strong line of thunderstorms is going to be developing over the Mississippi Valley, and as we pass through Chicago, the activity will be between I-39 and the Iowa border. We should sneak into Wisconsin contending only with rain and dreary skies, but around Rockford there might be a distant rumble of thunder. The rain day will come to an end past Janesville… because will see snow start to mix in with the rain. There may be some ice between the Illinois border and Janesville, so be aware of that. The driving will end in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, after a couple of snowy hours.
There may be another round of snow in Black River Falls, some of it which could be fairly intense. The snow will continue through Eau Claire and begin to taper off shortly after we turn west through Menomonie. There will be a little bit of a break through the Twin Cities, but then we will encounter a vigorous north wind as we head towards St. Cloud. Some of this wind may carry with it a few more flurries. This drive is going to be a real bear, so you had better enjoy Saint Cloud.
Saint Cloud

Lansing, Michigan

There is freezing rain here in the Twin Cities. Can the same be said about Michigan?

At 1253PM, ET, Lansing was reporting cloudy skies with a temperature of 26 degrees. A warm up is on it’s way, but the warm front providing it has been associated with ice and snow before a transition to rain. High clouds and virga were already finding their way into southwestern Michigan.
Overnight, this is how it will play out in central Michigan as well. Some ice, followed by a conversion to rain tomorrow morning. The system is a broad and mostly disorganized trough, with the upper level parent trough currently over the Plains. This means, even after the initial round of precipitation, it won’t be over in Lansing. Monday afternoon will be drizzy as the system figures out what it wants to do. It will organize overnight Monday with a strong cold front developing across the Western Great Lakes through the day Tuesday. The heaviest rain, and perhaps even some thunderstorms will hold off until Wednesday, but each of the next two days will be fairly unpleasant (but much warmer than normal!) in Lansing.
Tomorrow – Early wintry mix changing to rain through sunrise, then rainy, High 44, Low 29
Tuesday – Scattered showers, High 56, Low 39

TWC: Tomorrow – Rain (early mix) High 45, Low 29
Tuesday – Showers High 56, Low 38

AW: Tomorrow – Cloudy and milder with a touch of rain (early ice) High 42, Low 27
Tuesday – Breezy with rain; the temperature breaking the record of 54 last reached in 1932 High 55 Low 39

NWS: Tomorrow – A chance of rain. Cloudy, (early mix) High 41, Low 28
Tuesday – A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 7am. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy High 58, Low 38

WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain (ice early). High 40, Low 28
Tuesday – Rain showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms. Patchy fog. High 49, Low 38

Once again, Weatherbug goes off the beaten path for a Day 2 high. Most of us are calling for a record high, though, which will be nice given how cold it’s been all week. Radar shows the showers moving in, though they aren’t reaching the ground yet.

Lansing, Michigan to Bellingham, Washington

We are on our way west again. These always seem like the longest trips, and again, this trip will be 4 1/2 days covering about 2350 miles. We will move slowly through the Chicago area but move quickly through the Plains, which will result in an average speed of 66.1 miles per hour. The days will be through after 529 miles(though obviously after a shorter drive on Saturday)


A cold front (if you can call it that) will be sliding through the upper Midwest, creating some shower activity throughout southern Michigan. The front hasn’t held together well at all, so the activity portends to be fairly hit or miss. We will be in and out of these rain showers all the way through Chicago, and as we take a turn to the north, life will get a little bit easier. The drive through Wisconsin should be easy, and our day will end in Lewiston, Minnesota, which is east of Rochester.

The passage of a system moving through Canada will continue to draw warm air north, and our trip through southern Minnesota and South Dakota will be sweetly warm. In December. Which is strange. We will end the day in the Buffalo National Grassland.

Yet another round of low pressure will eject from the broader system in the Gulf of Alaska and Pacific Northwest on Thursday. A loosely organized cold front will generate some showers in western South Dakota and across portions of northern Wyoming. The best chance to break out of the drear will be in southeastern Montana, but as we approach the Rockies, we can also expect some snow falling in the higher elevations around Bozeman. It’s not going to be a blizzard or anything crazy like that, but in the exposed, empty quarters of the High Plains, those cloudy, snowy skies will make things seem awfully lonely. The day, like I mentioned, will end in Bozeman.

Friday is going to be a fairly nasty day for driving. It’s going to be an uncomfortable mix of rain and mountain snow across the Montana Rockies, Idaho Chimney and eastern Washington. Most of Washington will be rain, and most of Montana that we are in, anyways, will be snow. Idaho? Wild card. We should get into George, Washington, in the rain.

One last day, and things are expected to clear out in Washington, albeit only a bit. We will leave George dry, and likely won’t see any rain for the few hours to Bellingham, however when we descend towards Seattle, it will be into clouds, and probably a little bit of of fog, all of which will stay with us into Bellingham.

Twilight on a night and day front

The warm front that has run through the middle of the country for what seems like a week, has been incredibly strong. It had a 50 degree temperature gradient in parts of Nebraska, with 100s in Sidney and 50s in Chadron. So, it was going to go one way or another in Lansing. Or so it seemed. It wasn’t the drear found on the north side of the front, but it wasn’t the inferno found south of the front. In fact, this Memorial Day weekend has been pretty awesome in Lansing (I assume). Temperatures were 75 and 83 for highs, and there was just a little bit of rain on Saturday. This didn’t bde well for forecasts, which were awful, but it was pretty good news for anyone that wanted to be outside. Weatherbug had the top forecast, but it wasn’t very good.
Actuals: Saturday – .06 inches of rain, High 75, Low 60
Sunday – High 83, Low 61

Grade: D

Lansing, Michigan

The Michigan capital is our forecast site today. Just to the east, (in East Lansing) is Michigan State University. So, kids,I hope you are reading.

At 453PM, ET, Lansing was reporting a temperature 80 degrees with mostly sunny skies. A weak cold front has moved through Lansing earlier today, though it quite apparently hasn’t brought much cold air with it. A fairly deep trough aloft to the west was going to dig in, which should help with the clearing pattern in Lansing for the short term.
With a ridge developing aloft in the Great Lakes, a warm front will begin to move north through the Great Lakes. The rain will become fairly widespread on Sunday, though Saturday should be a bit more manageable. Expect a nice, hot, humid end to the Memorial Day weekend.
Tomorrow – Partly to mostly cloudy, High 82, Low 56
Sunday – Scattered showers and thunderstorms High 90, Low 65

TWC: Tomorrow – Isolated T-Storms high 89, Low 65
Sunday – PM T-Storms High 90, Low 67

AW: Tomorrow – Times of clouds and sun with a shower or thunderstorm around; very warm and humid High 86, Low 54
Sunday – Partly sunny and very warm with the temperature approaching the record of 93 set in 1911 High 92, Low 60

NWS: Tomorrow – A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny High 83, Low 59
Sunday – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, High 93, Low 65

WB: Tomorrow – Partly sunny with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms high 82, Low 60
Sunday – Mostly sunny with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 92, Low 65

Looks toasty this weekend. I expect the thunderstorms won’t be widespread enough to really ruin any plans. Here is the current satellite. The low getting ready to push a warm front into Michigan is still in the Rockies.