GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A stubborn upper-level low pressure system has delivered enough cold air to bring snowflakes to West Michigan and record snow to parts of the Upper Peninsula. The historic May winter storm for the U.P. brought more than 20 inches to some over a span of two days.
Marquette, Michigan finished its season with a whopping 60 inches more than usual. This latest event delivered 25.8 inches of new snow, which is more than Grand Rapids saw in all of January and February combined.
Late season snowfall was also experienced in Green Bay, Wisconsin and Gaylord, Michigan. Areas with higher terrain were the most subjected to accumulation. Temperatures in most of lower Michigan were not conducive to snow, and most experienced just cold rain.
A new United States snowfall record for the month of May was also set due to this powerful spring snow system. Herman, Michigan received 27 inches of new snow on May 1, which is the highest single-day snowfall to ever fall in the month of May for anywhere in the country east of the Rocky Mountains.
The slow-moving low pressure system that brought cold and snow will finally depart from Michigan this week with a return of warmth building for the weekend.