Rapid Snow Melt Across Upper Michigan...Animation Included

In the wake of an early March winter storm we reached a maximum snow depth for the season of 47 inches here at the National Weather Service on the morning of March 4th.   Exactly two weeks later on the morning of March 18th, in the grip of unprecedented record warm temperatures, our snow depth was reduced to little more than a trace.  Surprisingly with the rapid snowmelt, no significant flooding has been reported thus far across west and central Upper Michigan.  A big reason we escaped flooding was the lack of heavy rainfall which occurred during the rapid snowmelt.  

The record warming trend is expected to continue through today before a frontal passage ushers in slightly cooler temps for the end of the week.   But given the lack of additional significant snowmelt runoff, area rivers and streams should see only subtle rises as levels are expected to remain below bankfull.   

Below is a satellite loop from March 11th-19th (1 image each afternoon) showing the removal of the snowpack over just one week.

 



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