Record warmth precedes our next snowfall

Posted at 6:02 PM, Feb 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-28 18:02:08-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — With plenty of sunshine earlier in the day and a strong southwesterly wind, we had no trouble breaking our record high Sunday in Grand Rapids. We did it by a margin of 3 degrees at 2:16 p.m.. By Sunday evening, some rain was falling across the area and temperatures remained mild — in the upper 40s to upper 50s across most of West Michigan.

This exceptionally mild air mass will quickly be replaced by a more seasonable one tomorrow, followed by even colder air with a chance of snow on Tuesday, as discussed in a previous article. In fact, it’s looking more certain that we will see a significant amount of snowfall on Tuesday and Tuesday night:


You’ll note that the it doesn’t look like the snow will be as heavy as what we had last week, when Grand Rapids picked up 11.2 inches for a storm total.

Although it’s possible forecast snow totals will rise somewhat as the event nears, double-digit snowfall totals look unlikely. However, you’ll still want to be prepared for snow-packed and slippery driving conditions Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning.