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How unusual is it to see measurable snow across Southeast Michigan during late April and May? It is relatively uncommon, but certainly not unheard of. Below are a few tables that illustrate some of our late winter snow storm stats.

List of biggest late April (15th to 30th) and May snow storms for each climate site:

Detroit Area
(since 1874)
Flint Area
(since 1921)
Saginaw Area
(since 1912)
Snow Total Date Snow Total Date Snow Total Date
6.0" May 9, 1923 12.0" May 9, 1923 9.0" May 9, 1923
5.0" May 21-22, 1883 8.0" April 23-25, 2005 6.0" April 23-24, 2005
4.5" April 17, 1921 7.0" April 16-17, 1983 5.1" April 24, 1980
4.3" April 23-24, 2005 4.2" April 16-17, 1961 4.5" May 3, 1935
3.5" April 19-20, 1943 3.3" April 18-19, 1947 4.0" May 2-3, 1929
3.4" April 17, 2020 3.0" April 27, 1950 3.6" April 18-19, 1947
3.4" April 17, 1983 2.7" April 24, 1980 3.0" April 14-15, 2018
3.2" April 14-15, 2014 2.5" April 19-20, 1943 3.0" April 17, 1965
3.0" April 16-17, 1961 2.3" April 17, 1965 2.4" April 15-16, 1949
3.0" April 29, 1909 2.0" April 21, 1924 2.3" April 16, 1943

 

Percentage of years with measurable snow after April 15:

Detroit Area
(since 1874)
Flint Area
(since 1921)
Saginaw Area
(since 1912)
32% 41% 33%

 

Last snowfall stats at each climate site:

  Detroit Area
(since 1874)
Flint Area
(since 1921)
Saginaw Area
(since 1912)
Earliest last measurable snowfall February 25, 1878
(0.2")
February 20, 1945
(0.5")
February 11, 1981
(1.0")
Average last measurable snowfall April 7 April 10 April 6
Latest last measurable snowfall May 22, 1883
(2.7")
May 26, 1961
(0.5")
May 20, 2002
(0.2")

 

Page last updated: 4/19/2021