Looking Back...The Biggest April Snowstorms

April may not be known for snow but, historically, it is not that unusual to experience snowstorms during the month.  In fact, some of the largest snow events in northern Michigan have occurred during April. 

Below is a look at the largest April snow events in northern Michigan in the past 100 years.  

Largest April snow events


Largest April Snow Event

Date of Occurrence

Traverse City

   14.0 inches**

April 1, 1926


14.5 inches

April 10-11, 1973


22.0 inches

April 4-6, 2003

Houghton Lake

13.0 inches

April 16-18, 1921

Sault Ste. Marie

14.2 inches

April 4-6, 1995


14.9 inches

April 2-4, 1971

** 6.0 inches of snow also fell on March 31st, making the 2 day total 20.0 inches

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