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Record Daily Maximum Snowfall of 8.5 inches was set at Detorit Metro Airport on November 11th, which breaks the old record of 4.1 inches back in 1984. The 8.5 inches, also breaks the November daily snowfall with a previous record of 6.2 inches back on November 15, 1925.

This snow storm, with a total measurement of 9.2 inches over November 11-12, 2019, ranks as the biggest November snow storm in Detroit.  This breaks the old record of 9.0 inches, set back on November 15-16, 1932.



Record Daily Maximum Snowfall of 8.6 inches was set at Flint Bishop Airport on November 11th, which breaks the old record of 3.0 inches back in 1933.

Flint tied for the 3rd biggest November winter storm with 9.0 inches of snow.  The biggest November storm for Flint dumped 13.4 inches on November 6-7, 1951.


Event Summary

During the early morning period of November 11th, a surface low pressure began to develop over the Ohio Valley tied to a stationary boundary over that region.  Snow started to move into SE MI from the west shortly after 3am with the bulk of the region seeing snow falling by 4am. The initial part of the storm had 3 distinct heavier snow bands develop across our region that would begin to collapse together to form one distinct very heavy band by the noon/early afternoon timeframe. This band had 1" per hour snowfall rates over the western and northern Metro areas leading to the high totals seen across Washtenaw, Oakland, and Macomb counties. It would slowly move and pivot east across Detroit and the southern Metro area later in the afternoon as the low began to move east into Pennsylvania. While all this occurred, northerly flow off of Lake Huron allowed for lake-enhanced snowfall rates over the Thumb, especially over areas on the northern and eastern shorelines with some locations seeing over a foot of snow.


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