Winter Is Coming, Again: Lansing Area Facing Third Significant Accumulation In 16 Days
Spring is just two weeks away, but you couldn't tell from Michigan's recent spate of wintry weather.
An ice storm walloped much of the Lower Peninsula on February 22, causing widespread power outages that affected several hundred thousand people — some of whom went without electricity for a week.
Nine days after that storm, a system carrying a thick, wet snow deposited several inches across a wide swath of Michigan. Some people who had just had their power restored from the ice storm lost it yet again.
And now, it looks like some portions of Michigan could be in for a third-straight week of wintry weather.
Multiple forecasts on Monday predicted a significant snowfall for the Lansing area on Friday. Here's what WILX Channel 10's website said:
Cloudy with snow. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 90%. Snow accumulating 3 to 5 inches.
The Weather Channel had a similar forecast:
Periods of snow. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 90%. 3 to 5 inches of snow expected.
Accuweather had a slightly more conservative snowfall prognostication:
Chilly with periods of snow, accumulating 1-3 inches; plan for slippery travel.
Now before you start a run on bread and milk at the local grocery store, remember that this is just a forecast. And a forecast some four days out, at that. Things are fluid here, although local meteorologists have been pretty accurate with their winter storm forecasts this year.
Yeah, it sucks. But if it's any consolation, most forecasts also show temperatures throughout the Lower Peninsula largely hovering around or, in some cases, even over 40 degrees within just a few days of this next predicted snowfall. So at least you won't have to look at it for too long.
And spring is supposedly right around the corner, so there's that.