3/11/14 - Update Another Snowstorm to Push Detroit and Flint Closer to Records for the Snowiest Winter

 Snowfall amounts from the Snowstorm of 3/12/14 - NWS DTX

Seasonal Snowfall Stats as of 3/12

Location Seasonal Normal Winter 2013-14 (through March 12th)
Record (Year) Current Seasonal Ranking
Detroit Area 42.5" 90.7" 93.6" (1880-81) 2nd
Flint Area 47.4" 81.8" 82.9" (1974-75) 3rd
Saginaw 45.5" 58.3" 87.2" (1966-67) 15th

Local Storm Reports

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Algonac, MI (courtesy of Carol Doll) Royal Oak, MI (courtesy of Dan Thompson) Detroit, MI (courtesy of Ryan Jake Jakubowski)
White Lake, MI (courtesy of Rick Baker) Dearborn, MI (courtesy of Taylor Lafontaine)

-Update 3/11/14 -330 pm- No Change in original forecast
It's not a certainly by any means -yet- for snowiest winter on record at Detroit but another storm center bringing more snow to the region should bring it closer to reality. The storm is slated to deepen in the mid Ohio Valley region Tuesday night into Wednesday. The storm will bring several inches of new snow to southern Michigan, the northern half of Indiana and Ohio before moving east and intensifying further as she approaches the East Coast.

At this time; the majority of the meteorological guidance is pushing for a general 6" - 10" for snow totals across the now familiar "snow bombarded" southeast portion of Michigan. I feel that is a bit high at this time for the region considering the placement and strength of the system while affecting us, along with relatively quick movement and milder temperatures, pre-storm. Never-the-less, I look for a general 4"- 8" snowfall for the area from Ann Arbor, east northeast across metro Detroit to the St Clair River and points south to the Ohio border. Within this area over the extreme southeast corner; some locally higher amounts are possible. Further north and northwest into Michigan across Flint, Saginaw and the Thumb Region; expect 2" - 5" with some 6" isolated totals possible.

A stiff north to northeast wind of 15 to 25 mph with guts near 35 mph will accompany the storm creating some blowing and drifting as a large cold high pressure feeds the low pressure from the north.

Also, in case you are keeping track; officially Detroit has had 84.1" of snow this snow season and the record for snowiest season is 93.6" set way back in my analogue winter of 1880-81. Normal snowfall at Detroit for a snow season is 42.7". Flint has received 77.3" and thus, that region too is inching up to its record for snowiest winter of 82.9" set back in more familiar times to many, in 1974-75. Normal snowfall for the Flint area is 47.4" Thus far, Saginaw has been left in the snow flurries, so to speak, where near record snowfall is concerned with "just" 55.3" but still well above the normal of 41.5" Saginaw's snowiest winter occurred in 1966-67 with 87.2".

Seasonal Snowfall Stats

Location Seasonal Normal Winter 2013-14 (through March 10th) Record (Year) Current Seasonal Ranking
Detroit Area 42.5" 84.1" 93.6" (1880-81) 2nd
Flint Area 47.4" 77.3" 82.9" (1974-75) 4th
Saginaw 45.5" 55.3" 87.2" (1966-67) Tied-21st

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Bill Deedler -SEMI_WeatherHistorian

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