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Occasional Threat for Showers/Storms through Monday Night

Humidity has returned to the region and so has the risk for rain at times, though plenty of dry periods are also expected especially today. The most likely time frame for rain would be early Monday morning and then again late Monday night. Read More >

 

Event Overview

This was Southwest Michigan's heaviest snow fall event of the 2019 to 2020 winter season. Storm total snowfall amounts in 6 to 10 inch range were widespread across most of Southwest Michigan. There was 3 to 6 inches in the I-69 areas, which had the least amount of snow from this storm.  Most of the pure storm system snow fell from the evening of the 17th into morning of the 18th.  Southern and central sections of Lower Michigan saw the precipitation change to sleet and freezing rain during the mid to late morning hours of the 18th. Once the surface low moved east of the area, by early afternoon on the 18th,  lake enhanced snow fell from the afternoon of the 18th into the morning of the mid morning of the 19th. The lake enhanced part of the storm featured wind gusts as high as 54 mph at Battle Creek but most areas had winds gusting to around 45 mph.  Temperatures fell from the mid to upper 30s around noon on the 18th to the lower 20s by late evening and into the teens by the morning of the 19th.  The combination of gusty west to southwest winds, snow showers that were heavy at times and temperatures well below freezing resulted in considerable blowing and drifting of the snow.

 

A typical scene across Lower Michigan during the cold and snow event with low visibility due to blowing snow and hazardous driving conditions. Photo taken on 1/19/2019 in the Grandville  area

 

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Accumulating Snow:

 

From January 17th to early January 19st, Lower Michigan experienced a nearly continuous period of  heavy wet snowfall.  This storm resulted in the largest amount of snowfall across the greatest area, of any snow storm in the 2019 to 2020 snow season.  As seen from the table below snowfall totals of greater than 6 inches were widespread during this event. 

 


 

 

 

Radar loop from roughly 8:00 PM EDT 1/28/2019 to 12:00 AM 1/29/2019. 

Surface Maps from January 17th, 2020 at 8 am through January 19th, 2020  at 8 am 

 


Winds:

Maximum Wind Gusts During the Storm:

Grand Rapids 42 mph

Lansing          47 mph

Muskegon      45 mph

Kalamazoo     40 mph

Battle Creek    54 mph

Jackson          45 mph

Holland           46 mph