DETROIT - The snowstorm that caught the southeast corner of Michigan has left as much as 14 inches along the Lake Huron shoreline and as much as 8.8 inches farther inland.
Some 14 inches of snow fell near the St. Clair County community of Lakeport on Lake Huron and the Port Huron area saw 11.1 inches of snow.
Operations were returning to normal Thursday at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, where at least 340 flights were halted or delayed an hour or more Wednesday.
Midday conditions are clear to cloudy around the state, with temperatures ranging from the upper teens to low 30s.
Snow totals around town:
Port Huron – 9.0"
Lexington – 7.0"
Lake Orion – 7.0"
Grosse Pointe Farms – 6.8"
Yale – 6.5"
Bloomfield Hills – 6.0"
Ann Arbor – 5.8"
Manchester – 5.6"
Farmington Hills – 4.6"
Dundee – 4.5"
Holly – 4.4"
Sandusky – 4.0"
Howell – 3.5"
Dearborn – 3.5"
Morenci – 3.4"
Tecumseh – 3.4"
As expected, most of the heavier snow bands hit the eastern part of our area.
On a personal note, I have to say that I don't recall seeing a snowstorm like this affect us the way it did in my entire 30-year career here at Local 4.
It's well known among meteorologists that when a strong winter storm crosses the country, areas between roughly 25 and 125 miles to the left of the storm's path get the significant snow. Not only were we MUCH farther away than that from yesterday's storm system, but our storm was in the process of transferring its energy to a developing storm on the east coast that is now slamming New England. While I certainly expected a reasonable snow storm for us just based upon what I was seeing on radar yesterday, I'm still stunned that we got as much as we did given the physics involved. I spoke to a meteorologist colleague of mine earlier this morning, and he felt the same way. It was a very strange meteorological situation, for sure, but our lake levels will benefit from this (and other) winter storms.
If you decide to take advantage of the situation and make a cool snowman (or in the case of my household, a snow bowler), send us a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org!
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