West Michigan weather can range from balmy to bitter on Christmas day. With the holiday only a day away I thought this would be a perfect time to review the Grand Rapids weather averages and extremes.
There are a few notable weather events. In 1982 temperatures climbed into the mid-60s across Lower Michigan with thunderstorms producing record rainfall. One year later, record cold readings showcase the holiday with a record low of -3° and a record cold high temperature of only 10°. The snowiest Christmas day for Grand Rapids was in 1990 when 7” of snow fell. In 1951 there was 22 inches of snow covering the ground
The slideshow on the top of the article highlights more of the holiday weather.
I looked at a few of the records from across the state and discovered some other notable holiday extremes. Christmas 1980 was a brutal day for Sault Ste. Marie; they saw a record cold temperature of -25°. Also in the Upper Peninsula, Marquette records 11.7” of snow in 2004 and has the greatest snow depth of 41” in 1968.
If you were hanging around Grand Rapids last year, we observed a cloudy and dry day with temperatures warming into the low 40s and no snow on the ground.
This Christmas may be another brown one instead of white. A few light snow flurries are possible with morning temperatures in the low 20s, warming into the low 30s during the afternoon.
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Have a very Merry Christmas!