I have been doing this as long as Ive been on the weather boards, so here we go.
2017-18 was a snowy winter which finished slightly colder than normal. The cold season was a long one, with each month from November through April finishing colder than normal, with the exception of a mild February (and really, that was due to a very warm finish, as the month had a wintry first 2/3). Dec and Feb were very snowy; in fact the entire winter through February it was joked about how the southeast MI snow magnet attracted every snow system. And it was true, as a parade of snowstorms seemed to hit us. It was the 4th snowiest DJF on record. However March and April were much quieter; still wintry, but other areas got in on the fun more than here. Winter finished as the 14th snowiest on record at Detroit. At Detroit, of the 52.5" of the 61.0" fell from Dec 7-Feb 11. In Wyandotte, 54.4" of my 62.4" fell from Dec 7-Feb 11.
OCTOBER 2017 - T
Flurries were seen on 27th, 30th, 31st, with no accumulation
NOVEMBER 2017 - T
Several days this month had flurries or snow showers, but nothing measurable fell. The month finished 1.1F colder than avg
11-9-17: arctic front
DECEMBER 2017 - 23.3"
The month was cold and very snowy. DTW officially had 22.5" which was good for 5th snowiest December. From a clipper on steroids mid-month, to a Christmas snowstorm, to a record long arctic blast setting in to end the month, winter hit early and hard. In addition to the heavy snowfall, the month was 3.5F colder than avg.
12-9-17 - while a few dustings fell the previous few days, this was the first blanket of snow - 1.5" of powder fell
12-11-17 - A 4.0" snowfall made for a winter wonderland at the perfect time of year
12-11-17 - Clipper on steroids dropped 6.7" of snow - by the end of the storm 10" laid on the ground
12-14-17 - bright, bitter cold, deep winter
12-17-17 - winter
12-23-17 - After a 2 day thaw melted all but piles of snow, a fresh coating surprised us the morning before Christmas Eve
12-24-17 - A snowstorm began on noon Christmas Eve and lasted thru late evening dropping 4.5", absolutely PERFECT!
12-25-17 Christmas dawned bitter and bright with fresh powder on the ground
12-25-17 - But afternoon snow squalls were blinding as an arctic front came through
12-27-17 - Below zero
12-29-17 - More light snow accompanied the bitter cold to end the month
JANUARY 2018 - 9.7"
The month began entrenched in a record cold spell. A new record - 12 consecutive days without hitting 20F - was set at Detroit (it almost spanned 13 days). A few snowfalls hit during the month but nothing heavy. A big thaw the 3rd week ate into the temp departure, but the month still finished 1.1F below avg. DTW had 9.2" of snow.
1-2-18 - Arctic sunset
1-5-18 - Day 11 in a row without hitting 20F...in fact it only hit 6F after a low of -4F; despite sun, I still had tears during this walk by the Detroit River
1-8-18 - A 2.4" snowfall increased the depth from 6 to 8", but it was coming as a massive moderation spell was bringing a thaw to the tundra
1-15-18 - A thaw wiped out the snowpack on the 11th, but 2" of fresh fluff returned quickly
1-16-18 - Deer at the park - I was outnumbered
1-29-18 - After a big thaw that lasted nearly 10 days, winter returned with an unexpected 3.8" of snow; less than an inch was forecast
1-30-18 - Super moon
FEBRUARY 2018 - 21.7"
The tale of two months. The first half of the month saw a parade of snowstorms bringing the deepest snowpack in 3 years while the 2nd half was warm. The month finished 2.9F above avg, but again, the first 2 weeks averaged 8.5F COLDER than avg and the last 2 weeks 11.4F WARMER than avg. The 21.0" of snow at DTW was good for 11th snowiest Feb.
2-4-18 - Superbowl snowstorm dropped 5.5" of snow. The snow started wet and heavy, and by evening it was drifty powder
2-7-18 - A 3.9" fluff snowstorm made the ground deeper with white
2-9-18 - Biggest storm of winter dropped 9.3" of powder. No wind, so it was deep, even snow. Even with settling, depth was 14-15" by evening
2-10-18 - still digging out, and another inch fell today
2-11-18 - Another inch of sleet and snow fell then turned to freezing rain; many were raking snow off rooftops due to weight
2-12-18 - lots of icicles
2-15-18 - thaw
2-19-18 - Temps rising into the upper 50s and 60s caused ghostly fog over melting snow
MARCH 2018 - 5.6"
March roared in with wind-driven heavy, wet snow on the 1st. At 5-1 ratio the snow downed branches and wires. The rest of the month was chilly and quiet. DTW had 5.9" snow, and the month was 1.8F colder than avg.
3-1-18 - snowstorm drops 5.0" of 5-1 ratio, wind driven snow
3-2-18 - branches down & others sagging
3-3-18 - you can see how rock hard snowbanks were from the waterlogged snow
APRIL 2018 - 2.2"
A very cold wintry April so far. The month will certainly finish much colder than avg, I just do not know where it will place. Several light snows hit, but the most notable was the ice storm of the 15th. DTW saw 2.4" this month
4-6-18 - an inch of wet snow
4-9-18 - blinding squalls. Ended up with a dusting
4-15-18 - Ice storm. Lots of trees down and power outages. Worst ice storm for the heart of metro Detroit in years
4-17-18 - 0.8" of FLUFFY, not slushy, snow in late April