February among snowiest on record for Flint, Detroit, Saginaw


February’s snow over southeast Michigan made it into the record books, the National Weather Service found.

According to a climate summary published by the agency on Monday, February 2021 is among the 15 most snow-sure February in Detroit, Flint and Saginaw.

The 29.7 inches recorded at Flint Bishop International Airport was enough to rank it as the second snowiest February there, just below the record of 31.7 inches set in 2011, the report said.

Meanwhile, the 21.8 inches at Detroit Metro Airport and 18.1 inches in Saginaw were enough for the 11th snowiest February at both locations, weather service data shows.

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Much of the snowfall is due to the storm that crossed the region from February 15-16.

It triggered the region’s first winter storm warning this season, the last first storm warning since at least 2005-2006, the weather service said.

Two days of snowfall included 9.6 inches in Flint and 7.6 inches in Detroit.

“The large-scale pattern in mid-February was dominated by an arctic air mass over the Great Plains, which placed southeast Michigan on its eastern periphery,” the weather service said in an analysis last month. “During this time, the storm track brought numerous light snow events through the Great Lakes.”

Saginaw Airport and the Detroit Metro saw measurable snow 16 days out of 28. Measurable snow was recorded in Flint for 18 days.

The normal February snowfall values ​​for Flint, Detroit and Saginaw are 10.8 inches, 10.2 inches and 8.6 inches, respectively, according to the weather service.

March does not start with snow yet.

After soaking in the teens overnight, Tuesday temperatures should rise into their upper 30s with mostly sunny skies.

Wednesday’s high could soar into the upper 40s – nearly 10 degrees above the date’s average. The low should be in the 20s.

The forecast is for Thursday to remain sunny and mercury to hit the top 30s.


Dusty Kennedy