Several weather spotter reports coming in from around the Holland area reported anywhere from six to eleven inches of snow.
A westerly wind dragged in quite a bit of snow across western Ottawa County and western Kent County early Sunday.
Zeeland recorded 8.5 inches, with two-inch per hour snowfall rates between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Compare those totals across Oceana, Newaygo, and Mecosta Counties, where little to no snow fell.
The official National Weather Service measurement at Ford Airport was 4.7 inches. Grandville picked up 5.9 inches, Cutlerville 5.6 inches, and East Grand Rapids 5.1 inches. Dimondale in Eaton County had 2.4 inches, while Hamilton recorded about six inches. The forecast called for a general two to five inches across the winter weather advisory areas.
The snow was mainly the result of upper level energy rotating through the Great Lakes along with some colder air attached. This created both lake-effect snows and lake enhancement as the energy pivoted through the area. In order to get snowfall rates of one to two inches per hour, we need good lift (or upward vertical motion) and moisture. We clearly had both, but it was much more prevalent across some areas than others.
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So far in Grand Rapids we've had 32.2 inches of snow for the season. A normal/average snowfall for this time of the year would have us around 48.7 inches. We are now only running a 16.5-inch deficit. That was the worst blast of winter we'll see over the next several days! The forecast calls for a substantial warm up into the 40s the next few days before cooling down a bit as we move into and through the upcoming weekend. Get the full forecast at www.fox17online.com/weather.