GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The combination of heavy snow, gusty winds and brutal cold are leading to some of the harshest four days of winter weather we have experienced in decades.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for the entire state due to the bitterly cold temperatures expected in the next few days. She also activated the state's Emergency Operations Center, which coordinates responses among multiple agencies.
Snow that fell Monday and what continues to fall into Tuesday created numerous travel issues , with totals proving difficult to measure due to blowing and drifting. Many saw at least 6 inches of snow, with some viewer reports over a foot just west and north of Grand Rapids
The most Storm Team 8 saw was a report of 20 inches near New Era in Oceana County. Locally, a foot has fallen in Grandville and Walker.
This recent snow has pushed snow depth levels to their highest fo the season. Storm Team 8 consistently measured a 10-inch snow depth at WOOD TV8 in downtown Grand Rapids. The light and fresh snow in combination with an increasing wind will result in a lot of blowing snow.
Monday's snowstorm was one of the snowiest single days of this winter season, coming close to a daily record for this date in Grand Rapids. The current record in Grand Rapids was set in 1977 with 7 inches of snow. We officially fell short at the National Weather Service office at the Ford Airport, but there was a report in East Grand Rapids of 7.2 inches.
This has resulted in some of the highest snow depths of the winter so far.