November’s first winter storm in Midwest approaching

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — After a mild start to November, it’s going to feel more like winter starting this weekend.

You certainly wouldn’t think it is mid-November by looking at the map below. This is the least amount of snow by Nov. 17 in a decade and a half.

Snow depth across U.S. as of November 17th is only 5%
Snow depth across U.S. as of November 17th is only 5%

 

Contrast the above map with the one below and you’ll notice how much more snow we had on the ground in November 2014.

Half of the U.S. was covered with snow in 2014
Half of the U.S. was covered with snow in 2014

 

The lack of snow isn’t a surprise when you consider North America has been exceptionally warm this year. As of Nov. 16, Grand Rapids is running 6.9 degrees above average.

 

Temperature anomaly through November 16th
Temperature anomaly through November 16th

 

This will be the first significant winter storm of November. It will signal the beginning stages of a colder weather pattern for the remainder of November into December.

Season's first strong winter storm
Season’s first strong winter storm

Although Lower Michigan will miss the brunt of the accumulating snow, Storm Team 8 is very confident we will see the first snowflakes of the season (areas north of Grand Rapids have already received snow).

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Heaviest snow will fall across South Dakota and Minnesota
Heaviest snow will fall across South Dakota and Minnesota

 

Very light snow accumulation on the grass could occur Saturday evening in southwest Lower Michigan. Better chance of accumulating snow in Lower Michigan will occur north of US-10 in the higher terrain.

An inch or less is possible on the grass surfaces
An inch or less is possible on the grass surfaces

 

Although we will not receive much snow in West Michigan, we will certainly feel the cold. Temperatures will plummet from near record highs to falling through the 30s Saturday. Wind chill readings will be in the 20s both Saturday and Sunday (possible teens Sunday morning) with a strong west-northwest wind.

Temperatures will crash after near record highs Friday
Temperatures will crash after near record highs Friday

 

If you are heading to the Art Van Santa Parade or tailgating during ESPN Game Day, please dress warm and with something that is waterproof. Horizontal rain will transition to snow showers during the day with wind gusts to 40 mph.

 

Feel like temperatures will be in the 20s this weekend
Feel like temperatures will be in the 20s this weekend