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Michigan Severe Weather Alerts

Flood Warning MichiganState Weather Alerts

Flood Warning
...the National Weather Service In Gaylord Has Issued A Flood Warning For The Following Rivers In Michigan... Rifle River Near Sterling Affecting Arenac County .recent Rains And Snow Melt Has Drained Into The Rifle River. The River Is Expected To Continue To Rise To Around 6.5 Feet, About Half A Foot Above Flood Stage. The National Weather Service In Gaylord Has Issued A * Flood Warning For ...Read More.
Effective: December 10, 2019 at 11:28amExpires: December 12, 2019 at 1:00amTarget Area: Arenac

Winter Storm Warning
...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect Until Noon Est Today... * What...lake Effect Snow. Additional Snow Accumulations Of 1 To 3 Inches, With Locally Higher Amounts Possible. * Where...cheboygan And Emmet Counties. * When...until Noon Est Today. * Impacts...plan On Slippery Road Conditions. Snow And Blowing ...Read More.
Effective: December 11, 2019 at 2:37amExpires: December 11, 2019 at 12:00pmTarget Area: Cheboygan; Emmet


Severe Weather Alerts in MichiganMichigan Frequent Weather Alerts: Lake-effect snows (blizzards), extreme cold, flooding, severe thunderstorms, high winds and tornadoes.

Michigan is known for having a fairly temperate climate in both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas. The Upper Peninsula (or U.P.) is more likely to deal with severe weather than the Lower Peninsula, but both Peninsulas get their share from time to time.

Winter Weather

Winter weather affects both Peninsulas, with the U.P. getting a lot of storms from Minnesota and Wisconsin. The most recent instance of a severe storm bringing extreme cold was the Polar Vortex in January of 2019, where the U.P. had temperatures in the negative 60’s, and the Lower Peninsula hit 45 degrees below zero.

Lake effect snows, which bring large blizzards and lots of wind, are common throughout late fall and into early spring. The Lower Peninsula got a huge storm in late 2014, with over 30 inches of snow in one day.

Rain and Flooding

As you may expect, rain is also quite plentiful due to the entire state being surrounded by the Great Lakes. Michigan actually has longest freshwater coastline in the country. Flood warnings are common in the spring and summer due to intense rainstorms – for example, in 2018, Houghton County, Michigan got almost 7 inches of rain in 7 hours.

Michigan averages around 15-16 tornadoes a year, with most occurring in the southern part of the state.


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