DETROIT (WWJ) – In case you haven’t noticed, Michigan has had quite the snowy winter so far.
The Mitten State has had so much snow that this is actually the 4th snowiest January in Michigan history — and the month is only half over.
“So far this month, we’re at 25.6 inches of snow,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Dean DeVore. “Last year, for comparison, we only had about a foot of snow at this point.”
Before the month is over, DeVore said Michigan could tie or even surpass its record for the snowiest January, set back in 1978 at 29.6 inches. The second snowiest January was in 1999 with 27.3 inches.
“We could certainly move up in the ranks here because we’re going to be getting some nickel and dime snows the rest of the month,” he said.
As far as the entire winter season is concerned, which includes snowfall in December, DeVore said the region has already recorded 42.3 inches of snow. The usual total for this time of year is 17.7 inches.
“We’re running about two feet above normal in terms of the snow, and we will continue to add to that before the winter is over,” he said.
The snow totals might grow this weekend, but not by much. Scattered snow showers will bring a light dusting to the area on Saturday, but forecasters say not to expect more than an inch of so of accumulation. Flurries will continue Sunday morning and then the real winter weather sets in.
A deep freeze will settle over the region Sunday night, with frigid lows in the single digits. Wind chills will likely make it feel even colder, even dipping into negative temperatures. The cold snap is expected to stick around through the week.