GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It seems absurd to be talking about a potential late April snow event a few days after Grand Rapids received it’s fourth 70 degree temperature of the month. Still, snow has started to fall, and accumulations will be highest near I-94.
This fast-moving system will have enough mosture to generate a few inches of snow for parts of West Michigan. Driving may be tricky as roads begin to slush over.
As quickly as the snow moves in, it will move out. Plenty of sunshine is expected Sunday afternoon, which will melt away any of the accumulated snow.
As with any snow storm there is a projected range of snow. This one will range from trace amounts north of Grand Rapids to up to an inch near I-96 with higher amuonts of 2-4 inches near I-94.
Some in West Michigan will not see much snow at all.
Events like this are rare, but not unprecidented. Grand Rapids has only received five snow events that have exceeded an inch after April 25th with records dating back to 1892. May 10th represents the latest date of an inch of snow or more in Grand Rapids of 5.5 inches.
The record snow for April 27th is only 0.2 inches so we will have good chance of breaking it. The snow will likely continue past midnight therefore Grand Rapids has a small chance of eclipsing that record as well for the 28th which currently stands at 0.9 inches. Make sure you join Emily Schuitema Daybreak Sunday morning to see if we break the record(s).
Already, Grand Rapids has seen more snow than usual this winter season. The latest total is sitting at 81.3 inches, which is 6.4 inches more than a typical year.
Stay tuned to future forecast from Storm Team 8 to see how much we add on to the season snow totals and any updates to a possible change in the storm track.
Bill Steffen has a whole list of final snow totals. If you want to know more, check out his blog.
Any snow that falls Saturday night into Sunday morning will be quick to melt, with 50s and 60s back on the horizon.