Winter in West Michigan: Snowfall totals and what’s ahead

A person walks along the breakwater at the South Haven Lighthouse. (NOAA/GLERL)


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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — West Michigan received a dusting to 2 inches of new snow Monday.  Here are some updated snowfall totals through 5 p.m. Monday:

Most of our snowfall this winter has been lake-effect snow, as evidenced by snow totals so far this season. Muskegon is closing in on the 70-inch mark, compared to about 42 inches in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, and 23.5 inches in Lansing. (Saginaw, which is even farther away from Lake Michigan, has had just 16 inches of snow this winter.)

Painesdale, located in northern Michigan just southwest of Houghton just broke 200 inches of snowfall this winter. They had 35 inches of snow on the ground there.

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The National Weather Service is maintaining its Winter Weather Advisory through 7 a.m. Tuesday for the western portion of Allegan County and Van Buren County, where there could be an isolated 1-4 inches of snow. There is also a Winter Storm Watch for 1 a.m. Tuesday through Wednesday morning for Berrien County and into northern Indiana. This is for a band of lake-effect snow that will be coming down the lake from the north to south. That band could produce local snowfall amounts of 6-12 inches.  You’ll want to keep track of that band if you are heading toward Chicago on I-94 or I-90 or I-80.

Here’s a still image from our Amway Grand Plaza camera showing people at Rosa Park Circle enjoying the ice Monday evening. Underneath is the Bitterweet Ski Area also on Monday evening. It’s been a good winter for most winter sports. Despite the 58-degree record high temperature last Thursday, the month of January is averaging 6 degrees colder than normal and 30 of the last 41 days have been colder than average.

This may be the last Winter Weather Advisory for a while, as a warmer pattern change arrives later this week.

Once this weekend arrives, it appears another January thaw will be in full effect.

This is the 6-10 Day Outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for Jan 21-25, snowing a reverse of the pattern we’ve been in – with cooler than average weather in Alaska and the Western U.S. and warmer than average temperatures east of the Mississippi River.

This thaw period with above average temperatures will be longer lived, possibly lasting through the beginning of February.

Map: CFSV2 temperature anomaly January 29 through February 8

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