GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — West Michigan is shoveling out after a March 1 snowstorm dropped a widespread half a foot of snow to the area. A few more small systems will be rolling in this week before a pattern change brings much warmer weather into the area.
Based on storm reports and snow depth measurements, the axis of heaviest snow looks to have fallen from northern Kalamazoo County to eastern Allegan, and through much of Barry County. Here is a rough estimate of how much snow fell across the region:
The highest storm total came from Delton in Barry County where a spotter recorded 14 inches. Storm totals at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport where official record-keeping takes place was 7.4 inches. This is the most snow Grand Rapids has seen on a March 1 since records began there. This breaks the old record of 2.4 inches that fell on March 1, 2014.
Grand Rapids saw more snow on the first day of March than it did in October, November, and December combined. The snowiest month so far is technically January thanks to a number of smaller snow systems. February started off mild with almost all its snow coming at the end of the month with one big storm on Feb. 24 and 25.
Two more small systems are expected to bring light snow this week. Current trends have the first arriving on Thursday. Its southern track will keep most of the light snow near I-94. The second system arrives Saturday which current trends show could bring 1-3 inches to all of West Michigan. After that, a big pattern change will force much warmer air into our area!>>Inside woodtv.com: Storm Team 8 Forecast
The wave of mild temperatures gives us a real shot at 60 next week, with scattered rain showers instead of snow.