Last blast of winter Sunday before sunshine, warmup


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — There was one last blast of winter-like weather Sunday before a warmer, sunnier trend takes over for the rest of the week.

Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Kent, Ionia, Muskegon, Oceana, Newaygo and Montcalm counties for accumulating snow turning to a rain/snow mix later in the day. Snow began spreading in across west Michigan before dawn on Sunday. The biggest impacts were along and north of I-96 through the day.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect 5a.m. Sunday - 6 p.m. Sunday
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The system started as snow, but turned to an icy mix around noon and finally a cold rain for the evening.

Every single day so far this April has been colder than average. Sunday’s storm system was the last West Michigan sees for several days. The week ahead features plenty of sunshine and steadily warming temperatures. Highs are on target to be above average next weekend.

8forecast_640x480This has been a back loaded winter. Every day this April has seen at least a trace of snowfall and all but one has picked up measurable precipitation. The average amount of snow we see in the entire month of April is 1.8 inches. This April we’ve had almost five times that at 8.6 inches. This follows an above average snowfall this past March.

Grand Rapids snow totals by month
Grand Rapids snow totals by month.

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