Most Midwestern states are accustomed to seeing a white Christmas. This is especially true for states in the northern Midwest, such as Wisconsin and Michigan. Unfortunately, we don’t always get what we’re expecting – and sometimes we get too much of it. Today, we’ll be looking at the biggest snowstorm in the history of Michigan. We’ll find what year had the largest amount of snowfall on the ground in cities around the state. Let’s learn about the biggest Christmas snowstorm in Michigan history!
The Biggest Christmas Snowstorm in Michigan History
The most snowfall to occur on Christmas in the state of Michigan was in 1951. On December 25th, 1951, there were 22 inches of snow on the ground in Grand Rapids, Michigan. How does this stack up against the biggest snowfall in Michigan history? Well, it nearly doesn’t. On December 19th, 1996, Herman, Michigan saw the most snowfall in one day. This record is set at a whopping 30 inches of snow! That’s over two and a half feet of snow in only one day!
Let’s look at some other impressive snowfall in Michigan around Christmas. This helpful table will show you a few of the greatest snowfalls on Christmas – or in the week leading up to it. Keep in mind that some of these numbers will appear greater. This is based on snowfall over multiple days. Of course some locations will have higher rates of snowfall over several days than in one day.
|Inches of Snowfall
|December 25th, 1971
|December 9-25th, 1962
|December 25th, 1965
|December 25th, 1915
Chances of a White Christmas
Michigan is hit-or-miss for a white Christmas. The National Weather Service says a “White Christmas” is classified by at least one inch of snow on the ground. Will Michigan see a white Christmas? Well, it really depends on where you live. In the southern portion of the state, chances are at about 25-40 percent. In contrast, the northernmost portions of the state – especially in the Upper Peninsula – see chances at 90-100 percent. A 2022 article from Michigan Live states historical probabilities for several areas in Michigan. For example, they state that Dundee faces a 42 percent chance of a white Christmas, while Grand Rapids sees a 56 percent chance.
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