Weekend Snow Spreads From Midwest to Great Lakes

Jonathan Erdman
Published: April 14, 2019

A weekend storm system may squeeze out more April snow in parts of the Midwest and Great Lakes.

Low pressure will track from the Ohio Valley to the eastern Great Lakes into Sunday night. Even though it's mid-April, there should still be sufficiently cold air in place in the Midwest and Great Lakes to support snow.

Winter weather advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service for parts of northern and central Lower Michigan.

Current Radar

As of late Sunday afternoon, Chicago had measured 4.8 inches of snow at O'Hare International Airport. This ranks as the second-snowiest day for any spring date on or after April 14. Thundersnow was even reported Sunday afternoon in the Windy City.

This storm system has also triggered an outbreak of severe thunderstorms in the South. For more on this weekend's threat, check out our latest severe weather forecast.


Wet snow and gusty winds may affect a swath from Illinois to Michigan Sunday night, continuing in parts of the eastern Great Lakes into Monday. The rest of the Northeast should see mainly rain, perhaps thunderstorms, except perhaps some wet snow in far northern New England.

(MORE: Plains, Midwest Have Seen a Lot of Extreme Weather in 2019

Sunday Night's Forecast

For now, it appears any snowfall totals from this weekend's system will be on the light side in most areas.

(MORE: Here's How Often it Snows in April)

The best chance for a few inches of accumulating wet snow is in the southern Great Lakes, including parts of northern Illinois and Michigan.

Snow and Rain Forecast

Suffice to say, accumulations will not be anywhere near the magnitude of accumulations seen in the northern Plains with Winter Storm Wesley. Given it's mid-April, these accumulations may also be primarily on grass and vehicle tops, with lighter slushy accumulations on roads.

Check back with us at weather.com for the latest on this system.

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