The start of the workweek brought snow after a sunny weekend that promised spring was finally here.

The National Weather Service had predicted up to 6 inches of snow in portions of Michigan on Monday, but the totals likely will fall much shorter. Local numbers are ranging from 2-3 inches, according the weather service reports Monday night. 

Jose Arellano and Reina Ramos take some pictures  in front of the Belle Isle fountain as slushy flurries pour down on metro-Detroit, Michigan on April 18, 2022.  (Image by Daniel Mears/ The Detroit News).

“It’s really not that unusual” to see snow this late in April, said Trent Frey, a meteorologist with the weather service in White Lake Township.

“This is the third year in with measurable snow around this time,” Frey said. “Today’s accumulation won’t be 3.5 inches.”

Overall, the weather service estimates about 32% of their recorded years have seen measurable snow after April 15. 

Last April 20 and April 21, about 3.5 inches of snow between the two days, said Frey.  On April 17, 20 about 3.4 inches of snow fell.

A low-pressure system moved through the northern Ohio Valley and dropped snow over the region, starting after noon Monday, according to Ian Lee, a meteorologist with the weather service in White Lake Township. 

The spring snow came a little later than the last average measurable snowfall for the region, the weather service said. April 7 is usually the cutoff for Metro Detroit.

A snow-covered sign outside the Dairy Queen declaring a 'snow day'  seems like an unlikely sight more than halfway through the month of April, but this is Michigan, after all.

Monday’s precipitation likely won’t rise above the totals for the top 10 dates for snowfall:

•6 inches on May 9, 1923

•5 inches on May 21-23, 1883

•4.5 inches April 17, 1921

•4.3 inches April 23-24, 2005

•3.5 inches April 20-21, 2021

•3.5 inches April 19-20, 1943

•3.4 inches April 17, 2020

•3.4 inches April 17, 1983

•3.2 inches April 14-15, 2014

•3 inches April 16-17, 1961, and April 29, 1909

Areas of the Thumb could get as much as 6 inches of snow Monday and overnight into Tuesday.

A winter weather advisory was in effect for Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac, Lapeer and St. Clair counties until early Tuesday. For Oakland and Macomb counties, the advisory was to end Monday night with accumulations of 2-4 inches. The Thumb area could see as much as 6 inches.

By Monday night, Port Huron had 3.4 inches; Lexington in Sanilac County, 3.5 inches; North Branch in Lapeer County, 2.9 inches; Lapeer, 2.9 inches; Grand Blanc, 2.3 inches; Troy, 2 inches; Highland, 2.5 inches; Clarkston, 1.5; and Howell, 2.3 over seven hours. In Wayne County, Romulus saw 2.3 inches and Canton Township, 1.6.

Slushy flurries cover blooming Daffodils on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan on April 18, 2022.  (Image by Daniel Mears/ The Detroit News).

The rest of the week will get warmer, though not necessarily drier: rain showers are expected on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but Saturday’s high could pass 70 degrees.


Staff Writer Sarah Rahal contributed to this report.

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