Winter roaring back, 3 snowstorms possible in Michigan before end of January

 Tuesday, January 24, 2023 


The storm track will be very active now through at least the end of January. It looks like Lower Michigan will be in line for at least three accumulating snows in the next 10 days.

Grand Rapids has only counted 0.7″ of snow so far in January. Muskegon has only had 2.0″ and Detroit 3.5″. All of Lower Michigan is way down on snow for January.

That is about to change as we go into a weather pattern that will send two storm systems from the southwest toward the Ohio Valley and southern Michigan, and a third storm from the northwest.

The sequence of storms will be a bit more mixed up. It is expected that the first southwestern snowstorm to arrive into southern Lower Michigan Wednesday and continue into Wednesday night and maybe even early Thursday morning.

Watch for an exact breakdown of the snow forecast.

The second snow system will be more the “Alberta Clipper” style snow, which comes from the northwest and is a more spurty, sporadic type snow.

This second snow would have more potential for accumulations across northern Lower Michigan, and likely wouldn’t be considered heavy for late January.

The third storm will be another storm system coming out of the southwest U.S. and into the Ohio Valley.

This storm would again possibly bring a solid accumulating snow to southern Lower Michigan. This third storm also has the potential of tracking just south of Michigan with its heaviest snow.

The very end of the weather computer model run above even shows possibly a fourth accumulating snow right at the end of January or beginning of February.

The storm systems coming from the southwest are classic for having enough Gulf of Mexico moisture to produce 6 or more inches in the heaviest swath of snow, wherever that sets up.

The weather scene will change quickly, especially across the southeast half of Lower Michigan, feeling very wintry from Wednesday into February.

This type of weather pattern is fitting exactly in line with the La Niña influenced winter forecast. Going into winter, NOAA’s seasonal forecast experts told me we can expect an up-and-down winter pattern, even more so than Michigan’s usual erratic winter pattern.

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