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Finally above freezing after a frigid winter

1 PM Thursday forecast weather map
1 PM Thursday forecast weather map
NOAA

Temperatures will finally climb above freezing on Friday. Grand Rapids will briefly bust through the freezing mark on Friday with highs in the upper 30s. A cold front will cool highs back to near freezing for the weekend, but we flirt with the forties for the start of next week. The average high temperatures for early to mid-March are in the low to mid-40s. It looks like the cool weather returns with below average temperatures in the 8-14 day outlook.

We need this heat after the brutally cold and snowy winter. The official winter season is from 1 December to 28 February. For this time the average temperature was only 20.6°, which is 6.2° below average. The number of days with highs at or below freezing also exemplifies the frigid winter. In a typical winter Grand Rapids sees 41.2 days with freezing highs. This last winter there were 66 days with frozen highs.

The snowfall was certainly well above the average. In a typically winter Grand Rapids observes 18.1 days with an inch or more of snowfall. This last winter the city saw almost twice that number, 35 days with an inch or more of snow.

The depth of snow sitting on the ground was well above average. We typically observe an average of 4 inches of snow on the ground, but last winter the average was a whopping 12 inches, three times the average. On the day with the greatest snow depth the airport observed 24 inches.

The slideshow on the top has a few forecast maps for the mild air.

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