Sunday Snow

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7:05 pm –  The snow is winding down.  The last of the snowflakes should end by midnight – Winter Weather Advisory until 4 am.  Above is what the Futurecast was forecasting.  Ellen will have snow totals at 10 pm (on WXSP) and 11 pm. Watch for slushy or slippery spots on area roads into the (Mon.) morning commute (many accidents and slideoffs Sunday PM – including one fatal accident in Barry Co. 

This was Jenison H.S. late Sun. PM – that’s the baseball field in the lower left.  Some snow totals:  8″ Sycamore IL, 7.5″ DeKalb and Huntley IL, 7.3″ near Muskegon MI, 6″ White Cloud MI, Racine and Burlington WI, 4″ Mt. Pleasant, Greenville and Alpine Township. 

This is the Winter Weather Advisory that will be in effect from 7 am Sunday to 4 am Monday.  This is for up to 4″ of snow plus slippery/slushy driving conditions Sunday into Sunday night.  Here’s the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, a surface weather map, national lightning map and current weather conditions across the state.  Here’s current G.R. radar:

Click for latest Base Reflectivity radar loop from the Grand Rapids/Muskegon, MI radar and current weather warnings
and Regional Radar:

Central Great Lakes sector

Saturday I was at the South Olive Christian School Auction.  Al Nienhuis and I auctioned off over 200 items and raised about $37K for the school in Ottawa County. 

The average date of the last accumulating snow in G.R. is April 10.  The picture above from Joel Brusk shows snow on the ground last year (2018) on April 19.  Last year we had the 4th coldest April ever, a full 7.9 degrees colder than average.  We had at least a trace of snow on 13 of the first 19 days of the month.  We had measurable snow on each day from the 14th to the 18th and we had four days in a row from the 14th thru the 17th when we didn’t reach 40 deg.  However, from April 20 – May 1 we didn’t get a single snowflake or raindrop.  Grand Rapids has had 10 years when we’ve had more snow in April than in March.  That happened last year (4.9″ vs. 6.0″). 

Chicago’s greatest snowfall after 4/14 was 5.4″ on 4/16/61.  Second highest was 3.1″ on 4/23/67.  Third highest was 2.5″ on 4/25/10.

Here’s updated Season Snowfall totals.  Sunday we’ll break the tie between G.R. and Kalamazoo.  Will one of the cities reach the 80″ mark?  Can Fremont get to 90?  We’ll see. 

This has been a windy month.  Here’s peak wind gusts from Friday.  The average wind speed in G.R. this month has been 12.2 mph.  We’ve only had 3 days when the average wind speed has been less than 10 mph. 

These are rainfall totals from the showers and t-showers Thurs. night into early Friday.  The 1.12″ in G.R. was a daily record for April 11. 

Here’s the date of the first 70-degree day in recent years.  The average date of the first 70-degree day in spring is April 1.  I think we missed that.  The average date of the first 80-degree temp. is Apirl 24th. 

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