Snow on Mother's Day?
Sat, 11 May 2013 02:31:28 GMT —
Don't be alarmed by the headline... any snow that we DO see isn't expected to accumulate in most areas (although a dusting isn't totally out of the realm of possibility in Gladwin, Ogemaw, and Roscommon counties.)
As you can see via the picture, our Futurecast model suggests some snow or a rain/snow mix is possible early on Sunday morning from the Tri-Cities northward.
This is all coming on the heels of a 13 day streak of above-average temperatures that ended on Thursday!
So how unusual is it to get snow at this time of year?
Snow has NEVER been recorded at Saginaw's MBS Airport on May 12th (the date of Mother's Day this year).
However, it WAS recorded on May 9th, 1923 (9.0") and as recently as May 20th, 2002 (0.2").
In Flint, 12.0" fell on May 9th, 1923 and 0.3" fell as recently as May 1st, 1994.
Snow has also never been recorded in Flint on May 12th.
So it is a pretty rare phenomenon around these parts.
Even though Sunday afternoon temperatures in the 40s to near 50 will easily melt any morning snowfall, these temperatures are still about 20° below average.
And with west/northwest winds gusting as high as 30 mph, it'll feel more like the 30s to low-40s out there.
So Mom, bundle-up out there!