February Forecast: Will Metro Detroit See Snow Or An Early Spring?

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February 01, 2020 - 1:24 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) - Is metro Detroit in store for a snowy February or will spring arrive early?

It should come as no surprise that snowfall in Michigan is unpredictable. Just take a look at records in metro Detroit for the month of February over the past two decades. The smallest February monthly snowfall happened in 2004, when the metro area received just 0.9 inches of snow. Seven years later, in 2011, 31.7 inches of snow fell during the month. 

Last February, 7.3 inches of snow fell in the metro area. But just a year before that, we got 21 inches in February. 

The official average February snowfall for the metro Detroit area is 10.4 inches, according to the National Weather Service. That number is based on monthly averages taken from 1980 to 2010. The past 20-year average is 14.2 inches.

  • 2001 -- 2.9 inches
  • 2002 -- 6.7 inches
  • 2003 -- 19.2 inches
  • 2004 -- 0.9 inches
  • 2005 -- 12.5 inches
  • 2006 -- 3.8 inches
  • 2007 -- 14.1 inches
  • 2008 -- 24.2 inches
  • 2009 -- 8.5 inches
  • 2010 -- 27 inches
  • 2011 -- 31.7 inches
  • 2012 -- 10.2 inches
  • 2013 -- 23.5 inches
  • 2014 -- 23.4 inches
  • 2015 -- 26.4 inches
  • 2016 -- 10.7 inches
  • 2017 -- 2.2 inches
  • 2018 -- 21 inches
  • 2019 -- 7.3 inches

Just how much snow can we expect to get this February? Meteorologist Mark Torregrossa thinks the trend of mild temperatures will continue, meaning less snow for the area and an early spring. 

"I looked at the low ice years on the Great Lakes on February first, which obviously we're going to be in one of those because we've been so mild in December and January, I found that five of 10 years, an early spring happened when we had this low ice. Four of 10 years had about a normal spring and only one had a late spring," he said.

If January's snowfall is any indication on how this month might play out, the average January monthly snowfall is 12.5 inches and the metro area saw  9.7 inches last month.

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