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Scattered showers overnight with thunder on Thursday; Heavy Rain Possible Late Thu Night-Fri

Clouds will continue to overspread the region with scattered showers possible overnight into Thursday. Thunder will be possible on Thursday, with heavier rains possible later Thursday night and 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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