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Not as Warm as Yesterday / Snow Friday Afternoon and Evening

A cold front passing through the area today will cause today to be cooler than yesterday. Highs will only be in the mid 30s. Skies will remain mostly cloudy with northeast winds under 10 mph. A weakening storm system is expected to bring between 1 and 2 inches of snow to this area from mid afternoon Friday into the mid evening. This is expected to slow the evening commute Friday. 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.














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