Several inches of snow as system marches through W MI


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — For everyone who’s been wishing for some snow, you’re in luck.

A winter storm moved across West Michigan Monday night and Tuesday, bringing several inches of snow.

The snow started prior to daybreak Tuesday morning, leading to one of the most slippery commutes of the winter season. A solid 2 to 5 inches of snow fell, with places like Ludington and Mount Pleasant leading the way with 5 inches.

The snow gradually wound down by 4 p.m. An inch or less was expected the remainder of the afternoon.

This has been a rare day this winter. Tuesday’s snow represents only the sixth time this season that we’ve received an inch or more snow in a calendar day and we are nearly two weeks past the midpoint of winter. Another words, 89% of the days this winter have recorded less than inch of snow.

Outside of a few lakeshore flurries a dry, cold stretch of weather can be expected Wednesday through Friday. For a change, lake-effect snow showers will be aimed at the other side of Lake Michigan.

The next winter storm system will arrive later Saturday into Sunday. Models are trending colder so most of the precipitation should fall as snow. At this juncture, it appears areas from Grand Rapids to the south have a better chance of picking up snow.

Here’s the latest interpretation from the GFS model next Saturday at 9 p.m.:

If the latest 8-14 precipitation outlook is correct it appears the first week of February will be rather active.

Temperatures are expected a little above average so time will tell whether or not it’s snow or rain.

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