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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The leaves may still be on the trees but more snow is ramping up for the week ahead.
It has been more than six months since snowflakes fell in West Michigan. The average date for the first inch of snow in Grand Rapids is around Nov. 20 but the past two years, the first inch of snow didn’t arrive until December.
Historically, the average total snowfall in November is 6.8 inches. Even though four of the past five years have been below average, 2014 made up for it with a record-setting 31 inches.
Most of west Michigan woke to a widespread 2" of snow with some seeing closer to 5.5"!
Once the cold arrives, it will stick around through next week with periodic snow. Average highs during this stretch of time are typically near 50, but we won't feel that for awhile.
This will keep the lake-effect going with periodic rounds of snow throughout the week. It appears one of the heavier rounds after this weekend will arrive Tuesday, Nov. 13. The European 10-day snowfall forecast shows areas typically hardest hit by lake-effect systems receiving the most snow, especially Northern Michigan.
It appears the cold will loosen its grip by Thanksgiving as indicated by the latest 8-14 day temperature outlook.
At this point, it doesn't appear there will NOT be a white Thanksgiving.