Mini Ice Age: Michigan still almost 40 percent covered in snow, and it’s almost May

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After a fully wintry three weeks in April, Michigan has 37 percent of its ground still covered with snow on April 24, 2018. One area still has almost three feet of snow on the ground, and it’s almost May. But that’s down from 49 percent on March 24, 2018.

Michigan still almost 40 percent covered in snow, and it's almost May, snow anomaly usa, mini ice age, april snow michigan april 2018
Michigan still almost 40 percent covered in snow, and it’s almost May. This map shows the snow cover on April 24, 2018 in Michigan.

While Detroit is experiencing the coldest April in more than 140 years, areas around Munising, MI are still reporting 32 inches of snow on the ground. In fact, last week some parts of the U.P. where reporting the highest snow cover amounts of the entire winter. You imagine? Having the most snow on the ground in mid-April. Grand Marais has 30 inches of snow cover. Marquette still has 20 inches, and Gaylord has 11 inches of snow cover.

Michigan still almost 40 percent covered in snow, and it's almost May, snow anomaly usa, mini ice age, april snow michigan april 2018
Michigan still almost 40 percent covered in snow, and it’s almost May. This map shows the snow cover across the U.S. on April 24, 2018.

There is still a lot of water in the snow on the ground. The huge snowstorm in mid-April had heavy, wet snow with lots of moisture content. Satellites can figure out how much water equivalent is in the snow. Some areas with the deepest snowpack have 14 inches of water in the snow. The average amount of water in all of Michigan’s snow is 0.80″.

Michigan still almost 40 percent covered in snow, and it's almost May, snow anomaly usa, mini ice age, april snow michigan april 2018
Michigan still almost 40 percent covered in snow, and it’s almost May. This map shows the amount of water in the snow on the ground, on April 24, 2018 in Michigan

The snow wonn’t last long. The snow is melting fast. It will all be gone by the end of next week. A week of temperatures in the 60s and 70s will take care of the snow.

Michigan still almost 40 percent covered in snow, and it's almost May, snow anomaly usa, mini ice age, april snow michigan april 2018
Upper-air pattern forecast for May 1, 2018 shows the eastern U.S. will have a warm upper-level ridge develop.(weatherbell.com)

Be carefull, heavy floods could engulf these snow-covered areas soon.

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