After a very warm start to October the weather turns decidedly colder and more fall like this week. A chilly airmass has invaded the Great Lakes this week. On Tuesday morning, temperatures will dip to near freezing for areas of away from the lakeshore. Scattered lake effect rain showers mixing with a few wet snow flakes are likely for inland areas this week. The warmer waters of Lake Michigan will keep the immediate lakeshore warmer and snow free. The highest rainfall accumulations will be near the lakeshore. The ground temperatures are still very warm, so where the snow falls, significant accumulations of are not expected. Any minor accumulations will be confined to the grassy areas.
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 slideshow on the top has a few forecast maps for the temperatures and snowflakes.
As the rain and snow impact 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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