What will determine how cold this winter will be?

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It's the time of year when the decorations at stores slowly start flipping from Halloween to Christmas and the trees can't seem to keep as many of their leaves.

Winter is right around the corner, and the past decade has dealt West Michigan some doozies.

Most winters pack a decent punch here in the Mitten due to our latitude and the fact that we have Lake Michigan just upstream to throw us clouds and snow. 

No two winters are ever exactly the same in West Michigan. Still, the data and records allow us to figure out "average" numbers to show us what we usually see each year.

  • Grand Rapids usually sees about 74.9 inches of snow each season. The most Grand Rapids has seen was 116 inches in 2013-2014. The least is 47.6 inches in 1986-1987.
  • Muskegon usually sees about 90.6 inches of snow each season. The highest amount was 148.2 inches in 2008-2009. The least was 51.2 inches back in 2001-2002.
  • Battle Creek usually sees 57.8 inches of snow. The most it saw was 97.5 inches in 2006-2007. The least was 31.2 inches in 1990-1991.
  • Big Rapids usually sees 62.4 inches of snow. The most was 101.6 inches in 2013-2014. The least was 37.6 inches in 1994-1995.
  • Ionia usually sees 52.8 inches of snow. The most it saw was 74.2 inches in 2007-2008. The least was 31.4 inches in 2011-2012.
  • Lansing usually sees 50.9 inches of snow. The most was 73.7 in 2004-2005. The least was 30.2 inches in 2012-2013.
  • Jackson usually sees 37.6  inches of snow. The most was 67.2 inches in 1996-1997. The least was 17.7 inches in 1986-1987.

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