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Light Snow for Far Southern Michigan; Hard Freeze Expected Tonight and Wednesday Night

Mix of rain and snow will spread into Southern Lower Michigan late today, then change to all snow this evening. Snow accumulations will be light, but slick spots will be possible after sunset, especially along the I-94 corridor east of Battle Creek. Very cold temperatures are expected tonight and Wednesday night, and will likely result in damage to fruit trees and other sensitive plants. Read More >

July 20th, 2019 Severe Weather, Flooding, and Record Rainfall 

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Damage to a home in Jenison, Michigan after a line of severe storms moved through western Lower Michigan during the early morning hours of July 20th, 2019. 

During the early morning hours of July 20th, 2019, a line of severe storms raced southeast across Lower Michigan downing trees and power lines. Microbursts with winds estimated near 80 mph severely damaged a home in Jenison and snapped trees in Cascade, and numerous measured wind gusts of 60-70 mph were measured as the line went through Muskegon, Ottawa, and Kent counties.  Around 150,000 people lost power due to the storms with over 50,000 people in Kent county, alone.

Additional thunderstorms developed after sunrise in Mason and Lake counties and remained stationary for several hours. Radar-estimated rainfall amounts ranged from 8 to 12 inches in the hardest-hit locations leading to widespread areal flooding and road closures. A new state record 24-hour rainfall was measured in Sheridan Township (Mason County) where 12.92 inches of rain fell due to the storms. 

Several more rounds of storms rolled through Lower Michigan during the afternoon hours of the 20th, but only sparse reports of damage and additional power outages were received.

 

This weather event also impacted northern Wisconsin.  Check out the news article created by NWS Green Bay! 

 


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Page Last Updated: 9/25/2019