Heavy spring snow ends the week, improving weather this weekend

Windy and warmer on Saturday
Posted at 5:52 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 17:56:48-04

WEST MICHIGAN — This morning's wet, heavy snow still covers the ground over southern sections of the FOX 17 viewing area, but it will be a distant memory by the end of the weekend as warmer temperatures are on the way.

An area of low pressure tracking across central Indiana and Ohio today bought snow on its northern periphery, which happened to fall heaviest over southern portions of West Michigan near the Indiana state line. Reports as high as 6" have been coming into the FOX 17 Weather Center, with a number of viewer pictures to support those totals. Here's one from David Brewster taken in Lawton:

And another courtesy of the Village of Union City:

As you can see from the images above, this snow was enough to make travel slippery in many areas this morning.

Here's a look at some snowfall reports:

The above totals are pretty unusual for this time of year. In fact, the National Weather Service out of northern Indiana officially reports a new daily snowfall record in nearby South Bend with 3" of accumulation. The old record for the date was 1.8" in 1961.

Most or all of this snow will melt tomorrow as highs get well into the 50s during the afternoon. Here's a look at forecast high temperatures from Future Track HD:


The warmer temperatures will come at a price, however: strong winds. In fact, winds could approach 40 mph in gusts by mid to late afternoon tomorrow:


Sunday also looks reasonable in terms of temperature with highs again reaching the lower to middle 50s in most spots. It also looks a bit less windy on Sunday, but there are some scattered light morning showers in the forecast:


Rain totals should generally be around 0.1" or less in most areas.

In the long range forecast, highs in the lower to middle 60s look likely towards the middle and end of next week. Be sure to stay tuned to FOX 17 for further updates!