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Records may fall with the snow this week in Michigan

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
A winter storm bearing down on Michigan may push Detroit and Flint very close to breaking their all- time winter snowfall totals.

All-time snowfall records could be broken this week in Michigan.

A storm blowing through the state tonight is expected to dump two to eight inches of snow.

What’s on the line this week may very well be bragging rights for generations of people in Flint and Detroit.

Flint is just about five inches short of its all-time snowiest winter. 82.9 inches fell during the winter of 1974-75. So far this winter, Flint has been buried under 77.3 inches of snow. 

Detroit’s record of 93.6 inches of snow has stood since 1881. But if the city gets all the snow forecast in this week’s storm that record may be within reach. Detroiters have already shoveled 84.1 inches of the white stuff this winter.

Rich Pollman is a National Weather Service meteorologist. He says it’s likely both cities will break their respective records, if not this week, by the end of March. Pollman adds snow is not uncommon in April.   

Meanwhile, on the other side of the state, Grand Rapids is nowhere near breaking its record of 132 inches of snow set back in 1952. 110 inches of snow have fallen on Grand Rapids this winter, making it the second-snowiest in the city’s history.   

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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