Relief Coming After Frigid Start to March

Posted at 7:02 AM, Mar 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-06 07:02:55-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Mar. 6, 2014) — Mother Nature will finally loosen her icy grip on West Michigan over the next several days, giving a reprieve from temperatures consistently ten to twenty degrees below average for the start of the month so far.

Highs will climb to near 30° Thursday afternoon, and well into the 30s to near 40° on Friday.  We also have a couple of 40° days in the forecast early next week.  That may still only be near or slightly below average for this time of year, but it’s still a big improvement from the first few days of March.

Each of the first five days of the month have had high temperatures colder than anything seen in Grand Rapids in March of 2013.  The coldest March day last year still managed to hit 26°, but our highs the first five days of this month have been 24°, 17°, 15°, 21°, and 22°.

Similarly, low temperatures last March never dipped into the single digits even once, but have done so four times now as of Thursday morning, including reaching a near-record low of -8° on Monday.

You can check out the rest of the 7 Day Forecast on the Weather page.

PHOTO: Sun dogs near Burnips, courtesy Steven Thomas