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Should we still be getting snow in April?

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Sick and tired of the snowfall?  After a number of cold and snowy days it doesn’t really feel like spring or the month of April. Many of us are ready for warmer temperatures and an end to the wintry weather (especially the snow).  But we aren’t done with the winter-like weather just yet. More snow is on the way this weekend.

So how common is it to have snow in April in Michigan? Pretty common actually.

Compared to the winter months, April in Michigan isn’t very snowy. But we do see an average of at least 2 days with accumulating snow of one inch or more in Saginaw and Flint. And 5 days in April with at least a trace of snow in Saginaw, 6 days with a trace of snow for Flint. 

In regards to days with accumulating snow we have already overachieved. With at least 3 days of accumulating snow in the books and more accumulating snow predicted for tonight and Sunday. 

The system we see tonight could be adding 1”-3” of snow and another 2”-4” of snow possible for Sunday. This will certainly put us well above average not only for snowy days, but likely also for snow amounts.

On average Saginaw will see 1.7” of snow in April and Flint will see 2.3” for the entire month. So far Saginaw has seen 1.2” of snow and Flint has seen 1.7”.  With the snow we see this weekend it is a good bet that we will overachieve the monthly snowfall.

That being said, the end should be in sight!  While snow isn’t too uncommon for April, it is the tail end of the “snowy” season here in the Great Lakes State. According to the National weather service the last snowfall of the season of one inch or greater is usually the end of March. (March 28 in Saginaw and March 26 in Flint.) But, on average, usually the last day of measurable snowfall for the season (0.1” or more) falls on April 6 in Saginaw and April 9 in Flint. That means the first week to the first 10 days of this month is the latest we should see measurable snow of more than a trace.

The wonderful state of Michigan has of course seen snow as late as May. The latest date for snowfall greater than 1” fell on May 9, 1923. A snowstorm hit Michigan dumping 9” of snow in Saginaw and a foot of snow in Flint! May 20, 2002 is the latest it has snowed in Saginaw with more than 0.1” of snow.  Fingers crossed that after this month we will be done with the snow and truly knee deep in typical spring-like weather.

You may sick and tired of the snow this month and dreading the snow expected this weekend, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. After Sunday warmer temperatures arrive and we are done with the snow…at least through Thursday.

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