A Look at Previous late April Snows

Low pressure will develop in the central high plains tonight. This low will move to the mid Mississippi Valley late Tuesday, and is expected to cross southern lower Michigan Wednesday morning. With cold air already in place across northern Michigan, this system will have the chance to produce a wide variety of late season winter weather Tuesday night and Wednesday. . .with significant snow accumulations in excess of 6 inches possible for parts of Northern Lower and Eastern Upper Michigan by late Wednesday. The following images show the surface maps valid for Tuesday morning and for Wednesday morning, depicting the track of the low:



With Mother Nature unfortunately still clinging on to winter through the latter part of April, late season snowstorms are certainly not unheard of across the northern part of the state. Below is a table showing the highest one day snowfall for several locations across northern Michigan from the period April 15th - 30th, subject to the records that are available for each site.


Location (Period of record) Snowfall amount Date
Sault Ste. Marie (1888 - Present) 6.2 4/19/1928
Traverse City (1930 - 1993, 2001 - Present) 4.0 4/16/1943
Gaylord (1940 - Present) 10.0 4/20/1993
Alpena (1916 - Present) 8.0 4/15/1949
Houghton Lake (1919 - Present) 13.0


With heavy snowfall in the forecast, some locations listed above may approach, or even exceed these values by the end of Wednesday.

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