We all know it... It's been a VERY cold and snowy winter so far. Both winter lovers and haters alike here in Mid-Michigan have been saying things like "We've had enough." January is normally the coldest and snowiest month of the year, so hopefully the worst is behind us. Skip to the bottom for a summarized forecast.
So where do we stand so far this season?
According to the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids, Lansing had the snowiest January in years accumulating 23.5" officially. There were 15 days that recorded measurable snowfall, and only five days in the month reached above freezing.
So far this season, Lansing has accumulated 40" as of January 31st. That's about 10" above normal for where we should be this time of year, and we've still got to get through February and March. Lansing averages 51.1" a year.
Mid-Michigan is not the only area seeing above average snowfall. Here are some other cities' snowfall totals so far according to the various Michigan NWS offices:
Marquette: 108.7" (9.2" below normal)
Traverse City: 107.4" (37.4" above normal)
Grand Rapids: 78.8" (28.8" above normal)
Detroit: 55.8" (32.1" above normal)
Flint: 51.4" (23.6" above normal)
Detroit and Flint both set records for the snowiest January since the 1970s. Makes our 40" seem not so bad, doesn't it?
Winter officially ends on March 19.
Tonight (Saturday), snowfall is clearing away. Skies will remain mostly cloudy. Lows will be in the mid teens.
Sunday, no snow, except perhaps a few light lake effect flurries to our far west. Skies will be partly sunny by afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 20s.
Monday, mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid teens.
Our next winter storm is likely to arrive Tuesday night and last into Wednesday, which looks like it will drop several more inches of snow across the area, like Saturday's snow.
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