We are 20° warmer than this time yesterday morning, we currently have 13° in Otsego. We are now up to 35 inches of snow for the season and just five inches short of last year’s total snowfall. The big story this season is the bitter cold which we have seen the likes of in five years.
We have chances of light snow through the rest of the week which should be meager at best but will freshen up the 15 or so inches on the ground. With the warmup in store for next week, the snow will compress and start to melt off. This ‘may’ be the last of the deep Arctic air we see this winter.
- Light Snow Today - Light snow is expected again today as a system passes by to our southeast. Significant snowfall is not expected, rather around 1 inch or less of new accumulation will fall for areas mainly south and east of Grand Rapids. Snow will end tonight as the system pulls away, but it will then be replaced by a digging shortwave trough early Friday initiating some lake effect snowfall. - Lake Effect Snow Friday - As stated previously, a digging northern stream shortwave will cross over the state kicking up some lake effect snow showers for Friday. This quick shortwave will move through lower MI right around daybreak, which is when the strongest burst of snowfall is expected. Light snow showers will then continue into Friday evening and overnight. Snow will come to an end Saturday morning as weak high pressure moves in. Overall, around 1 to 2 inches of new snowfall is expected mainly along and west of US-131, with some locally higher amounts possible. - Next System Early Next Week - Saturday to early Sunday morning will see our last of the arctic temperatures as high pressure rooted in the Ohio River Valley extends northwards. Highs in the 20s will end the week, with lows in the single digits expected one last time Sunday morning. Our next system will then move into the area Sunday afternoon, turning surface flow southerly and ushering in warmer air. Around 2 to 4 inches of snowfall is expected with this system, with precip falling mainly Sunday night. - Warmup Next Week - The warming trend will persist through the first half of next week with highs breaking above freezing by Monday. Conditions will stay mostly dry with highs in the mid to upper 30s through midweek allowing for a fair amount of snowmelt.