Early spring is dead in Michigan, heavy snow coming in some areas

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By journalsofus.com

Remember last week when we loved our warm temperatures and gentle breezes? In our Michigan hearts, we all knew it was just a fake spring. We knew it wouldn’t last. And we were right.

One day after the spring equinox on Tuesday, we have the evidence falling to the ground. Snow is accumulating in places across Michigan today, with much heavier snowfall of several inches expected Thursday night into Friday.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids got straight to the point in their forecast earlier today:

“Spring is dead…for now. Today an arctic cold front arrives with snow flurries and a drop in temperatures. There will be a heavy frost tonight. You don’t even want to know what happens on Thursday night. #WinterPayBackTour24.”

Forecast for Wednesday, March 20, 2024. Image provided by the National Weather Service.

We will see scattered flurries through much of today in western Michigan. High temperatures could reach 35 degrees, but northwest winds gusting to 30 mph will make it feel colder.

On the southeast side of the state, the NWS urges traveling with caution during the morning commute. Snow bands could be heavy at times and winds up to 20 mph could blow snow and reduce visibility for drivers. By mid-morning, an inch of snow could fall in areas such as Flint, Ann Arbor and Detroit.

In northern Michigan and the eastern Upper Peninsula, 2 to 5 inches of snow, mostly lake effect, is expected to fall tonight. “Webcams are already showing reduced visibility and snow-covered roads,” the NWS team in Gaylord said this morning. “Be careful if you travel. Today’s blustery winds will also cause wind chill sensations, with values ​​close to 0 at times.”

In the central and western Upper Peninsula, there is lighter snow of just an inch or two.

What’s ahead?

Snow details Thursday night into Friday are still coming together. Given ground temperatures, it’s still unclear how much accumulation would stay on roads instead of melting. And there is a chance that precipitation in southern Michigan could fall as a “winter mix” in which rain mixes with snow.

But it looks like some of you still need that shovel or even your snow blower.

The current storm forecast calls for between 6 and 9 inches of snow in central and northern Michigan. Areas in the southern tier of the state could see about 1 to 3 inches of snow. We’ll have more details later today.

“Surface temperatures are cold enough Thursday night for snow to accumulate on roads and impact travel for the Friday morning commute,” according to NWS forecast notes.

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