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Isolated Severe Thunderstorms Possible Today-Tonight

Isolated strong-severe thunderstorms are possible across northeast lower Michigan this afternoon and over far northwest lower and eastern upper Michigan late tonight. The primary threats with any severe storms will be damaging winds and large hail. Read More >


A strong, prolonged storm system passing just south of Michigan April 3-4 interacted with a cold and very moist environment over the region to produce widespread, significant accumulations of heavy, wet snow across northern Michigan.

The snow came in waves, with the first round arriving Monday night. Another band of snow overspread northern Michigan during the day Tuesday, with some reports of thundersnow along and south of M-55 Tuesday afternoon. The final and most intense band of heavy snow with this system came Tuesday night, with snowfall coming down as quickly as 2 inches or more per hour. Some light lake enhanced snow lingered across northern Michigan Wednesday morning, diminishing quickly through the afternoon. Most of northern Michigan received at least 8 inches of total snowfall, with several areas reporting a foot or more.

Gusty winds of 35-45 mph (up to 50 mph near the lakeshores) behind the departing system led to significant blowing and drifting snow through the day Wednesday.

Radar loop of the April 3-4, 2018 winter storm
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