Accumulating Snow Expected Sunday
After many areas saw several inches of snow between Wednesday night and today, additional snowfall is expected Sunday afternoon and evening. The difference this time is, snow will be widespread, covering the entire lower peninsula.
This will not be a significant winter storm for us by any means, but will still lead to hazardous travel conditions Sunday afternoon and evening. This system is coming in from the Dakotas, but a low-level jet will feed in sufficient moisture from the Gulf of Mexico to allow for several inches of snow to fall. Initially, on Sunday morning, we will be waiting for moisture to arrive, but during the early afternoon hours light snow will begin. There should be several hours of steady snowfall before dry air begins to work in on the back side Sunday evening. Temperatures may warm slightly above freezing Sunday night south of I-96, which will limit snow totals and impacts somewhat, with greater impacts to the north.
Timing & Amounts
A Steady light snow will begin shortly after noon on Sunday. The snow will become moderate to heavy at times during the afternoon. Snow will taper during the evening before ending by midnight. The heaviest snow will fall between 2PM and 7PM. The highest totals of 3-5" will occur north of I-96 with lesser amounts to the south. If you have travel plans, allow extra time and expect snow covered roads and reduced visibilities. Given that the snow ends early in the night, roads should be able to be cleared in time with no significant issues for the Monday morning commute.
Find the city you're closest to below to see how much snow is expected in your area.
Snow Forecast by City North to South:
Mt. Pleasant: 3-5"
Bay City: 3-5"
Grand Rapids: 3-5"
Winter Weather Advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service for areas in purple from noon Sunday until midnight Sunday night: