The advisory continues until 3pm this afternoon – most of the snow is falling from I96 to the north at this time (7:30am) where 2 to 5 inches may fall. Areas near or south of this area could see some freezing drizzle with some snow mixed in. We currently have a dusting of snow here in Otsego with a temp of 21°.
The rest of the month through the first couple weeks of March don’t bode well for a pleasant beginning to meteorological spring. However, we all know that Michigan weather can turn on a dime with one week of freezing temps going to summer like conditions skipping over spring entirely. Not saying this is going to happen or to put the snow implements away, yet… We could see significant lake effect snow events coming in for next week…
As you can see from our weekly weather history the end of February into March can bring a wide variety of weather into the area…
1989: Temperatures fall below zero as a late season blast of arctic air moves in. Grand Rapids falls to a record 9 below and Muskegon hits 2 below, just missing the record of 3 below set in 1924.
1957: Mild and rainy weather prevails with lows in the 40s and highs in the 50s. The low of 47 degrees at Grand Rapids sets a record for the warmest low temperature for the date. Over an inch of rain falls as a cold front moves through.
2000: Record warm weather continues during a week long spell of balmy weather across Lower Michigan. The temperature hits 66 degrees at Muskegon for a record high. The low temperature at Grand Rapids is 53 degrees, setting a record for the warmest low temperature for the month of February.
1976: Temperatures soar to the upper 60s during a spell of spring-like weather during the last week of February. Record highs include 62 degrees at Muskegon and 67 at Lansing.
1998: Record warm temperatures include the high of 53 degrees at Muskegon and 54 at Grand Rapids, helping to make this the warmest February on record at those sites.
1882: March comes in like a lamb with high temperatures in the 60s. Lansing hits 64 degrees, and goes on to reach 66 degrees the next day. This continued the warmth from the previous month, which was the warmest February on record at Lansing.
1962: Bitterly cold weather begins the month with morning lows below zero and high temperatures only around 10 degrees.
2002: A strong low pressure center moves across the Ohio Valley bringing record snows to Lower Michigan. Grand Rapids has 13. 9 inches and Muskegon 10.5 inches, both set records for their snowiest March day on record.
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