Light snow fell across West Michigan on Thursday kicking off the 2013-2014 snow season.
At the Grand Rapids airport the “snow pellets” were observed for ten minutes at 3PM. This observation is right on track with the typical start of the season.
Based on the climate normal period 1981-2010, October 23rd is the average date for first flakes of snow to fall in Grand Rapids and November 6th, is the average date for the first measurable snow (0.1”).
The all-time record for the earliest ‘first trace’ (or more) of snow to fall was on September 15, 1956. The record for the latest first snow was on November 26, 2009, when snow didn’t fall until Thanksgiving Day, which tied 1902 for the latest first snow.
The showers, both rain and snow were lake effect, as cool air passes over the relative warm water of Lake Michigan. The showers should diminish Friday afternoon.
Another cold front will slide across the Great Lakes on Saturday bringing a chance for more rain and snow showers.
The slideshow on the top has a few images of the West Michigan snowflakes.
As the snow impacts the area, the Grand Rapids National Weather Service wants any reports you may have.
You can send them your weather reports via their on-line spotter report form. This can be accessed at: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/grr/spotter/
If you “like” their office facebook page, you can submit your reports to it at: NWS Grand Rapids Facebook Page
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