National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Some sunshine today and slightly warm, then a wet midweek

Highs will range from 65 to 70 degrees today. Tomorrow a warm front will trigger showers and scattered thunderstorms, mostly in the afternoon. Then the showers and thunderstorms will continue unto Thursday until the cold front comes through late in the day. Read More >

Overview

March 1, 2016 Storm Summary

A winter storm strengthened as its low pressure center tracked east-northeastward just south of Lower Michigan on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. A swath of 8-12 inches of snow, with localized amounts over a foot, fell from Southwest Lower Michigan into the Thumb region. The winter storm featured two main rounds of heavier snow, separated by a 2-3 hour period of light freezing rain and sleet mainly south of Interstate 96. The freezing rain was enough to coat vehicles in a thin layer of ice. No significant power outages were noted. The freezing rain and sleet occurred from late morning into early afternoon as the low pressure center tracked closest to Michigan. A thin layer of warm air well above the ground was able to melt snowflakes, but surface temperatures in the lower 20s resulted in freezing rain and sleet rather than just plain rain. The atmosphere sufficiently cooled by mid-afternoon and changed the precipitation back to all snow. A significant burst of heavy snow during the afternoon hours brought traffic to a crawl.

Storm Impacts

  • Hazardous travel, with snow-covered roads and blowing snow
  • Hundreds of school closures/delays and event cancellations on 3/1 and 3/2
  • Heavy snow impacted the morning and especially the afternoon commute on 3/1 with multiple accidents/slideoffs

48-Hour Observed Snowfall Map

Note: this map is a general interpolation of actual snowfall reports from multiple sources. The map shows the best approximation of observed snowfall but should not be considered exact. This map shows snowfall that accumulated in a 48-hour period leading up to 7 AM EST on March 2, 2016. The March 1, 2016 Winter Storm did not produce all of the higher snow totals in Northern Lower Michigan. Much of these higher totals are due to lake-effect snow off Lake Huron on February 29, 2016.

Radar Loop of the Event: 9:00 PM Monday 02/29 through 1:30 AM Wednesday 03/02

List of Winter Storm Reports

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
1119 AM EST WED MAR 2 2016

...MARCH 1 WINTER STORM REPORTS...

...FREEZING RAIN REPORTS...

LOCATION                     AMOUNT    TIME/DATE       LAT/LON

...KALAMAZOO COUNTY...
KALAMAZOO                    0.10 IN   0200 PM 03/01   42.27N/85.59W

...OTTAWA COUNTY...
1 NW HUDSONVILLE             0.05 IN   0230 PM 03/01   42.88N/85.88W

...STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL REPORTS...

LOCATION                     AMOUNT    TIME/DATE       LAT/LON

...ALLEGAN COUNTY...
PLAINWELL                    12.0 IN   0700 PM 03/01   42.45N/85.64W
HOPKINS                      8.0 IN    0700 PM 03/01   42.63N/85.76W

...BARRY COUNTY...
3 NW DELTON                  14.0 IN   0900 PM 03/01   42.53N/85.45W
4 SSW HASTINGS               14.0 IN   0700 AM 03/02   42.59N/85.32W
HASTINGS                     13.1 IN   0700 AM 03/02   42.65N/85.30W

...CALHOUN COUNTY...
2 SW BEDFORD                 8.7 IN    0700 PM 03/01   42.37N/85.26W
1 SE BROWNLEE PARK           5.0 IN    0500 PM 03/01   42.31N/85.11W

...CLINTON COUNTY...
SAINT JOHNS                  10.0 IN   0600 PM 03/01   43.00N/84.56W
2 S BATH                     9.3 IN    1115 PM 03/01   42.79N/84.45W

...EATON COUNTY...
GRAND LEDGE                  9.0 IN    0800 PM 03/01   42.75N/84.75W
SUNFIELD                     9.0 IN    1000 PM 03/01   42.76N/84.99W
1 SSW WAVERLY                8.8 IN    0634 AM 03/02   42.73N/84.62W
LANSING 3.8 WNW              7.5 IN    0700 AM 03/02   42.72N/84.63W
LANSING 4WSW SNOW PAID       7.2 IN    0100 AM 03/02   42.72N/84.63W
BELLEVUE                     7.0 IN    0738 AM 03/02   42.44N/85.02W

...GRATIOT COUNTY...
ALMA                         8.8 IN    0700 AM 03/02   43.38N/84.65W
BRECKENRIDGE                 8.8 IN    0700 AM 03/02   43.41N/84.47W

...INGHAM COUNTY...
4 NNW DANSVILLE              9.1 IN    1000 PM 03/01   42.61N/84.34W
4 SSW OKEMOS                 9.0 IN    0915 PM 03/01   42.65N/84.44W
OKEMOS                       8.3 IN    1005 PM 03/01   42.71N/84.41W
1 WNW EAST LANSING           8.1 IN    0815 PM 03/01   42.74N/84.51W

...IONIA COUNTY...
3 NE SARANAC                 10.3 IN   0630 AM 03/02   42.96N/85.17W

...ISABELLA COUNTY...
3 NNE FOREST HILL            6.9 IN    0600 AM 03/02   43.48N/84.67W
2 SE MOUNT PLEASANT          6.0 IN    0430 PM 03/01   43.58N/84.75W

...JACKSON COUNTY...
RIVES JUNCTION               7.5 IN    1031 AM 03/02   42.39N/84.46W
RIVES JUNCTION 4.0 NW        6.9 IN    0900 AM 03/02   42.41N/84.53W
4 NNE SANDSTONE              5.0 IN    1030 PM 03/01   42.31N/84.48W

...KALAMAZOO COUNTY...
COOPER                       10.5 IN   0525 PM 03/01   42.38N/85.61W
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY  9.6 IN    1159 PM 03/01   42.28N/85.61W
2 S ALAMO                    9.3 IN    0530 PM 03/01   42.35N/85.71W
2 SSE KALAMAZOO              8.5 IN    1000 PM 03/01   42.25N/85.57W
PORTAGE                      8.3 IN    0600 PM 03/01   42.20N/85.59W
4 S OSHTEMO                  7.8 IN    0715 PM 03/01   42.20N/85.69W

...KENT COUNTY...
2 SSW DUTTON                 7.9 IN    0630 AM 03/02   42.82N/85.59W
LOWELL                       7.9 IN    0755 AM 03/02   42.93N/85.35W
GRANDVILLE                   7.8 IN    0945 PM 03/01   42.90N/85.76W
2 W ADA                      7.6 IN    0800 AM 03/02   42.95N/85.52W
2 NNE ADA                    7.5 IN    1100 PM 03/01   42.98N/85.48W
EAST GRAND RAPIDS            7.4 IN    0700 AM 03/02   42.94N/85.61W
1 ESE CASCADE                7.1 IN    0630 PM 03/01   42.91N/85.48W
3 SSE COMSTOCK PARK          6.8 IN    0500 PM 03/01   43.01N/85.64W
ROCKFORD                     6.7 IN    0900 AM 03/02   43.14N/85.55W
3 WSW CANNONSBURG            5.8 IN    0800 PM 03/01   43.04N/85.53W
2 SSW COMSTOCK PARK          5.2 IN    0615 PM 03/01   43.01N/85.68W
1 W GRATTAN                  5.0 IN    0840 PM 03/01   43.08N/85.40W

...MASON COUNTY...
7 NNW SCOTTVILLE             4.1 IN    0500 AM 03/02   44.04N/86.33W

...MECOSTA COUNTY...
3 NNW STANWOOD               4.6 IN    0700 AM 03/02   43.63N/85.48W

...MONTCALM COUNTY...
4 SE MCBRIDE                 6.1 IN    0700 AM 03/02   43.32N/84.99W
STANTON 5.0 ENE              6.1 IN    0700 AM 03/02   43.31N/84.99W
3 W HOWARD CITY              3.5 IN    0800 PM 03/01   43.40N/85.53W

...MUSKEGON COUNTY...
MUSKEGON 4SE SNOW PAID       3.8 IN    0100 AM 03/02   43.18N/86.20W

...OSCEOLA COUNTY...
REED CITY                    3.3 IN    0740 AM 03/02   43.87N/85.51W

...OTTAWA COUNTY...
2 NNW BEECHWOOD              7.1 IN    0600 AM 03/02   42.83N/86.13W
HOLLAND                      6.5 IN    0700 AM 03/02   42.77N/86.10W
1 NE HOLLAND                 5.9 IN    0845 PM 03/01   42.78N/86.09W
1 NW HUDSONVILLE             6.0 IN    0700 AM 03/02   42.88N/85.88W
JENISON                      5.2 IN    0630 PM 03/01   42.91N/85.83W

...VAN BUREN COUNTY...
PAW PAW 3.6 NNE              9.0 IN    0700 AM 03/02   42.27N/85.86W
MATTAWAN                     8.1 IN    1015 PM 03/01   42.21N/85.79W
GOBLES                       8.0 IN    0520 PM 03/01   42.36N/85.88W
BLOOMINGDALE                 7.0 IN    0500 AM 03/02   42.38N/85.96W
PAW PAW                      7.0 IN    0645 PM 03/01   42.22N/85.89W

OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING
EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED ARE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL.

Flooding:

A few rivers are running around bankfull but will slowly subside over the next few days. With melting snow and periods of rain forecast next week, river levels will rise back up above bankfull.

Click here for the most recent flood warning product. (If page is blank, none are in effect.)

Click here for the most recent flood advisory product.

River Levels

The blue curve on the left half of the chart is the measured river level over the past several days. The purple curve on the right half of the chart is the forecast river level over the next week. Click on a chart for additional information. Click here for current information about river levels around the area.

Hydrograph Hydrograph
Sycamore Creek near Holt. Trend: Falling. Grand River at Ionia. Trend: Falling. Maple River at Maple Rapids. Trend: Cresting.

El Niño:

Curious about El Niño? Click Here to learn more.

Spotter Training Schedule:

2016 NWS Grand Rapids Weather Spotter Training Schedule

Spotter Classes start promptly at the time listed below.  Classes are free and open to the public.  Classes that require registration due to limited space are listed below.  If ‘Registration Required’ is not listed below, there is no registration for the class offering.

 

Any questions, please email us at: w-grr.webmaster@noaa.gov

 

Date

Time

Location

Sponsor

Saturday, March 5, 2016

10:00am - 12:00pm

Lakeview Middle School

300 South 28th Street

Battle Creek, MI

Calhoun County and the

City of Battle Creek

Saturday, March 5, 2016

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Jackson County Jail

1995 Chanter Road

Jackson, MI

Jackson County

Saturday, March 12, 2016

10:00am - 12:00pm

Luella Collins Community Center

419 126th Street

Shelbyville, MI 49344

Barry County and

Allegan County

Saturday, March 12, 2016

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Van Buren Technology Center

North/South Dining Room

250 South Street 

Lawrence, MI 49064

Van Buren County

Saturday, March 19, 2016

10:00am-12:00pm

Oceana County Medical Care Facility

Upstairs Conference Room

701 East Main Street

Hart, MI 49420

Oceana County and

Mason County

Saturday, March 19, 2016

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Muskegon Community College

Stevenson Center

221 South Quarterline Road

Muskegon, MI 49442

Muskegon County

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Regional Center for Agri-Science and

Career Advancement - Room 118

5479 West 72nd Street

Fremont, MI

Newaygo County

Saturday, April 16, 2016

2:00pm - 4:00pm

2424 Washington Road

Lansing, MI 48911

Contact: Mike Holcomb

(517) 282-5827 Text or Voice

Ingham County

Saturday, April 23, 2016

10:00am - 12:00pm

Clare County Transportation Cabinet

1473 Transportation Drive

Harrison, MI 48625

Clare County

Saturday, April 23, 2016

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Central Michigan University

Brooks Hall - Room 176

Isabella County and

Central Michigan University

Saturday, April 30, 2016

10:00am - 12:00pm

Alma College

Swanson Academic Center

614 Superior Street

Alma, MI

Gratiot County

 

nws logo

Media use of NWS Web News Stories is encouraged!
Please acknowledge the NWS as the source of any news information accessed from this site.

Return to NWS Grand Rapids Home Page

nws logo