February started off quite active, as a long duration snow event unfolded across the region bringing the first significant snowfall to Southeast Michigan this winter season. Over the past few months, the area had managed to avoid a lot of the snow while other states have not had such luck. Up through the end of January, areas were below normal for snowfall compared to the record breaking winter season of '13-'14. Then came the storm that ended up dropping over a foot of snow at Detroit Metro Airport!
A strong low pressure system developed across the Great Plains and drifted across lower Michigan on Sunday and Sunday night. Snow began in the southern counties around 1am Sunday and continued throughout the day on Sunday. Better moisture arrived by mid-afternoon resulting in heavier snowfall rates (up to an inch per hour in some locations). The system finally pushed east of the region round 7am Monday morning. This long duration winter storm resulted in snowfall totals between 9 and 15 inches across the Metro Detroit area, with slightly lower amounts across the Thumb and Saginaw Valley regions (3-6 inches).
|Radar loop courtesy of Iowa Environmental Mesonet (IEM). Peach colored boxes are winter weather advisories and pink boxes are winter storm warnings.
|Columbus Township, MI (courtesy of Amanda Richardson)||Hartland, MI (courtesy of Bill Saunders)||Elba, MI (courtesy of Bruce Deborah Bader)||
Chelsea, MI (courtesy of Dan T)
|Chelsea, MI (courtesy of Dan T)||Chelsea, MI (courtesy of Dan T)||Rochester Hills, MI (courtesy of Jayson Bass)||Warren, MI (courtesy of Jodie Boudreau Slongo)|
|Roseville, MI (courtesy of Joseph Foster)||Detroit Metro Airport (courtesy of Josh Halasy)||Ann Arbor, MI (courtesy of Lori Gueldner O'Niel)||Oakland Township, MI (courtesy of Mariusz Nowak)|
|Lexington, MI (courtesy of Miss Sunshine)||Pigeon, MI (courtesy of Phil Wilson)||Davison, MI (courtesy of Suzie DuBois)||Peck, MI (courtesy of Tanner McCanham Visner)|
|Detroit Metro Airport (courtesy of Josh Halasy)||Wyandotte, MI (courtesy of Josh Halasy)||Wyandotte, MI (courtesy of Josh Halasy)||Wyandotte, MI (courtesy of Josh Halasy)|
Event Summaries from area NWS Offices: