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First Measurable Snow Fall

When I started doing some research for todays post it was going to be the average dates of first measurable snow falls well Grand Rapids has already had the one inch, three inch and five inch falls all in the last two days.

With a warm Lake and the recent cold air west Michigan as seen heavy early snowfall totals. Grand Rapids has already reached the 1” the 3” and the 5” totals for one day. This November will be the snowiest since at least 2014 when the record November snow fall total of 31.0” was set. November 1951 is in 2nd place with 26.9” in 3rd place is November 1991 with 25.3” in 4th place is 2000 with 23.0” and in 5th place is 1995 with 20.8”. How did total winter seasons do after the top 5 snowy winters? 2014/15 December the snow shut off and only 1” fell that December. For the winter season 78.1” fell. In 1951/52 December seen 51.3” and the winter season seen 132.0” in 1991/92 that December had 27.9” and the winter season saw 87.8” in 2000/01 That December seen a whopping 59.9” of snow fall but the year ended with just 98.1” and in 1995/96 that December seen 17.4” and the season has just 79.7” So how will the winter of 2022/23 play out? Of course we shall see

At Grand Rapids the average 1st one inch or more snow fall is November 19th, the earliest was on October 12, 2006, and the latest was on December 24, 2020. Since 2000 the average date of the 1st one inch snow fall in November 25th with the earliest being both of the days above. The average date for the first 3” snow fall is December 6th with the earliest being October 19, 1989, and the latest being March 16, 1949.At Since 2000 the average date is December 15th with November 10, 2018, being the earliest and February 4th, 2020, being the latest. As for a 5” snow fall up to the winter of 1989/90 there had been some winters that did not see a 5” snow fall but so far from that winter up to and including last winter there have been at least one 5” or more snow fall. The mean first date for all years in January 4th The earliest of the winters that did have a 5” snow fall is October 27, 1967 and the latest was May 9. 1923. Since 2000 the average date is December 25th with the earliest being November 11, 2019, and the latest being February 24, 2016.

At Muskegon there are several years with missing snow fall totals but in the years that do have that data the average 1st one inch snow fall in November 21st with the earliest being October 10, 1906 and the latest being March 2, 1932. Since 2000 the average first 1” snow fall in November 28th with the earliest November 6, 2019 and the latest January 1, 2012.

At Lansing their average first one inch snow fall is November 20th their earliest was October 6, 2006 the latest December 30 1939. The average first 3” snowfall at Lansing is December 14th with the earliest being October 18, 1880. And the latest April 15, 1937. As for 5” the average is January 4th the earliest was on October 18, 1880 and the latest on April 15, 1937.

So ,while the start of the snow season is a little earlier than average. In the last 5 times the first one inch snow fall has happened early than average (2019, 2018, 2014, 2006 and 2005) the average snowfall for the season was 73.1” with a range of 83.3” in 2006/07 to a low of just 53.5” in 2019/20.  If November 2022 makes it to one of the top 5 snowiest Novembers, then the season average is 95.14” with a range of between 132.0 to 78.1”

Slim

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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

GR has seen 22 inches of snow in 3 days from this event! Records galore! Absolutely an epic snow storm! Wow just wow!!!,

Nathan (Forest Hills)
Nathan (Forest Hills)

Looks like MV has been in a good location for snow today… will be interested to see if he reaches 30+ inches

Kyle (Portland, Ionia County)
Kyle (Portland, Ionia County)

Snowing very hard here now. Roads getting slick

INDY
INDY

Over 20 inches of snow out in my hood naild it on this storm lots of records being broke and we are above average snowfall going into December who knew?? Stay safe out on the roads …INDY

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Yes and I am approaching 20 inches! What a storm!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Been a different lake effect event for the lakeshore areas. Around Holland and Zeeland we only have 3 or 4 inches on the ground while most of the snow seems to have blow inland skipping over a good chunk of Ottawa county. We’ve had longer periods when it’s not snowing than when it is snowing. Actually been off and on sun most of the day here as can be seen on the Holland web cams.

https://www.cityofholland.com/645/MIHollandCAM

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

Our Christmas Tree lighting and parade for this evening were cancelled.

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

The only lightning I’m seeing is way up near Sudbury. Just began snowing here for the 1st time today. Some sunshine earlier. Wind is bitterly cold. Roads are clear. Not much snow in our yard, as the wind has cleared off large sections of our property.

There are several 70+” snowfall reports in western NY. That’s an insane amount of snow.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

We are getting absolutely pummeled with snow as we speak! It looks like one inch per hour snowfall rates! Wow just wow!

Nathan (Forest Hills)
Nathan (Forest Hills)

It’s been snowing like crazy for the past hour. I’m hoping this band doesn’t move much… if it stays over the same area for 5-8 hours there would be a lot of snow

MichaelV (Otsego)

We picked up another 9 inches of snow from 9 am yesterday to 9 am this morning. It was 18 degrees at 8 am this morning as I was plowing with my tractor. We are now at 24 inches for the week!

Kyle (Portland, Ionia County)
Kyle (Portland, Ionia County)

Wow that’s a lot. I’ve in total have picked up 9” from this event which is a lot for this far inland from the lake. At 11” for the month of November.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Not bad and you might get another 10 inches or so today!

INDY
INDY

Currently white out conditions out in my hood whats another 10 inches of snow …INDY

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Just another typical MI winter day! Keep it rocking! This could be a great winter!

Kyle (Portland, Ionia County)
Kyle (Portland, Ionia County)

If you want to escape the snow, head over by Lake St. Clair. I was in Saint Clair Shores yesterday and nothing but green grass and no snow other than a small amount on rooftops. I’m back in West MI now. Picked up about another inch here in Portland last night

Nathan (Forest Hills)
Nathan (Forest Hills)

Just drove over 1-96 on Forest Hills Ave and it was all backed up, looked like a crash to the east with police cars… must be slippery on the highways

INDY
INDY

Above average snowfall?? Get out of here ..INDY

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Who would have thought?

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Only mid November and we already over 20% of the RDB seasonal snowfall prediction! Keep the snow rocking for the next 4 months! I love it!

MichaelV (Otsego)

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST SUNDAY…

* WHAT…Heavy lake effect snow. Additional snow accumulations
of 5 to 8 inches. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph.

* WHERE…Benzie, Grand Traverse, Manistee and Wexford Counties.

* WHEN…Until 7 AM EST Sunday.

* IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow
could significantly reduce visibility.

MichaelV (Otsego)

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST SUNDAY…

* WHAT…Heavy snow and blowing snow. Additional snow
accumulations of 4 to 10 inches. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph
this afternoon and evening. Wind chills dropping into single
digits by tonight.

* WHERE…Kent, Ionia, Barry, Eaton, Kalamazoo and Calhoun
counties.

* WHEN…Heavy snow developing around noon through this afternoon
and into this evening.

* IMPACTS…Travel could be very dangerous today through tonight.

MichaelV (Otsego)

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST SUNDAY…

* WHAT…Heavy snow and blowing snow. Additional snow
accumulations of 7 to 10 inches. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph
this afternoon and evening. Wind chills dropping into single
digits by tonight.

* WHERE…Ottawa, Allegan and Van Buren counties.

* WHEN…Heavy snow will begins around noon today and continue
into tonight.

* IMPACTS…Travel could be very dangerous today through tonight.

MichaelV (Otsego)

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST SUNDAY…

* WHAT…Heavy snow and blowing snow. Additional snow
accumulations of 4 to 11 inches. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph
this afternoon and evening. Wind chills dropping into single
digits by tonight.

* WHERE…Lake, Osceola, Newaygo, Mecosta and Montcalm counties.

* WHEN…Heavy snow will begin late this morning and continue this
afternoon and evening.

* IMPACTS…Travel could be very dangerous today through tonight.

MichaelV (Otsego)

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST SUNDAY…

* WHAT…Heavy snow and blowing snow. Additional snow
accumulations of 5 to 8 inches. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph
late this morning through this evening. chills dropping into
single digits by tonight.

* WHERE…Mason, Oceana and Muskegon counties.

* WHEN…Heavy snow quickly begins around 9 AM this morning and
will continue through this afternoon and evening.

* IMPACTS…Travel could be very dangerous today through tonight.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

This will end up a record breaking 3 day Nov snow event! Absolutely incredible and amazing! Wow just wow! Winter rocks!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Good stuff as always, Slim.

This has been a pretty incredible event. All time 24hr snowfall record broken in NY. We erred on the side of caution and did not venture to Kazoo last night. I see thundersnow is mentioned in the forecast discussion. I’ve only witnessed that a couple of times.

Enjoy your weekend and be safe.

MichaelV (Otsego)

Although a rather rare phenomenon… some thundersnow also is
possible this aftn given delta t/s reaching the 25 C threshold
and vigorous upper level energy. Fcst soundings also show eq
levels as a proxy for convective depth will reach 12-15 kft agl
which is also conducive to thundersnow potential.

MichaelV (Otsego)

IF you don’t have to go out today, stay home! A weather disturbance moving through the Great Lakes today will interact with Lake Michigan and touch off heavy lake effect snow. The heaviest snow will occur at any one location for about 2 to 4 hours, starting in Ludington around 800am, reaching Grand Rapids around Noon and Kalamazoo around 300pm. This will be the heaviest snow we have seen throughout this event with inch per hour snow possible for about a 3 hour period at any one location. The heavy snow will come with wind gusts that will likely reach… Read more »