Ready for snow? Storm Team 8 says you’ll have to wait

Volunteers clear snow from sidewalks in the Grand Rapids area. (Feb. 25, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Storm Team 8 says snow lovers will have to wait a little bit longer to see the first snowflakes of the season.

Temperatures during the month of October have been running six degrees above average.

In 2015, the first snowflakes fell on Oct. 17. Coincidentally, on that same date this year temperatures were in the 70s and 80s.

After the first snowflakes fell last year, West Michigan had to wait over a month to receive the season’s first measurable snow. Records show about 3.2 inches of snow fell on Nov. 21, 2015.

The European Weather Model through Oct. 28 shows snow expanding across Canada especially in Quebec and Ontario, but not in Michigan.

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Snow forecast through Oct. 28. (Courtesy WeatherBell)

Meteorologist Bill Steffen says a number of factors are leaning toward a colder and snowier winter compared to last year based on the early snow cover in Siberia.