2 snows will blanket Michigan in next 36 hours


While not blocker-buster snowstorms, two solid swaths of snow will move through Lower Michigan from this Sunday morning through Monday evening.

The first snow is occurring now, as of 11:00 a.m. The snow is winding down, but has already dropped one to four inches of snow across the southwest and southern part of Lower Michigan. The very southwest corner, Van Buren County, has five inches of new snow.

The Sunday snow has shifted into the far southeast part of Lower Michigan, and will be winding down by early afternoon. Before the snow ends, plan on slick roads across the southeastern half of Lower Michigan. The slick roads will extend north to the Flint area.

Here is the radar movement over the past hour.

2 snows will blanket Michigan in next 36 hours

Then the next storm system, an Alberta Clipper we have been watching since last Wednesday, will move across southern Lower Michigan.

Here is the radar forecast from this morning through Tuesday morning.

2 snows will blanket Michigan in next 36 hours

Radar forecast from 10 a.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Monday’s snow will cover the southern half of Lower Michigan, from the Grand Rapids area and Saginaw Bay area south through the Ohio and Indiana borders.

Here is a series of radar forecasts through tomorrow, so you can gauge when snow will start in your area.

The morning drive to work will have snow developing over southwest Lower Michigan.

2 snows will blanket Michigan in next 36 hours

Radar forecast at 8 a.m. Monday, January 24

Snow will be falling across all of the southern half of Lower Michigan by noon Monday.

2 snows will blanket Michigan in next 36 hours

Radar forecast at noon Monday, January 24

By 6 p.m. Monday the brunt of the snow system will be over across Lower Michigan. There will still be snow falling around the Ann Arbor and Detroit areas. Lake-effect snow areas will also be developing along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Some of those areas of Lake-effect snow will eventually become heavy Monday night.

2 snows will blanket Michigan in next 36 hours

Radar forecast at 5 p.m. Monday, January 24

Here’s the total snowfall expected by Tuesday morning. This includes the snow yet to fall this afternoon, and the snow system on Monday.

2 snows will blanket Michigan in next 36 hours

Total snowfall forecast from Sunday morning to Tuesday morning.

The combination of today’s snow and Monday’s snow will bring a solid two to four inch snow to the entire Detroit area, Ann Arbor area, Flint, Jackson, and Lansing area. Total snowfall from now through Monday evening will be lighter on the northern edge of Monday’s snow. The Grand Rapids area to the Saginaw Bay area will have one or two inches of snow Monday.

There will also be heavy snow areas brought by the lake effect. The very corner of southwest Lower Michigan could have up to nine inches of snow over the next 24 hours. The entire Lake Michigan shoreline could have heavy snowfall. The eastern edge of the Thumb could have a small area getting six inches of snow.

I didn’t use the word “snowstorm” because I think many of you won’t call it a true Michigan snowstorm. I call it a snow system, and let you decide if it’s a storm or not. But I will say today’s travel will be treacherous across southern Lower, and Monday will have a lot of slick roads.