Winter doesn't officially start until Tuesday, December 21st but it could feel like it this weekend in West Michigan according to Wood TV Chief Metorgilist Ellen Bacca 

So when do we normally see our first inch of snowfall in west Michigan?
Here's what the US National Weather Service Grand Rapids, MI said

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Even though we're still over a month away from the official arrival of winter on December 21st parts of Michigan have already seen some snow.

In Gaylord, Michigan they received 7 inches of snow on November 2nd.
Check out this awesome snowman they made

Michigan.Gov has some tips to prepare for any winter storm coming our way.


Sign up for local alerts and warnings. Create and test emergency communication plan(s). Stock emergency supplies, and install battery-powered or battery backed-up carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors. Winterize your home. Visit this page to help you prepare. Review your property insurance, and safeguard critical documents. Get trained on specific needs your family may have. Also, consider joining your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Identify a place nearby where you can safely warm up should you lose heat in your home.


Stay indoors and off the roads. If you must drive, keep emergency supplies in your car. Close off rooms to consolidate and retain heat. Dress in layers, and use blankets to stay warm. Bring pets into a warm place and out of the storm or severe cold. Never use a generator, camp stove, charcoal grill, or gasoline or propane heater indoors, as these items can start accidental fires, cause electric shock, and/or cause deadly carbon monoxide poisoning. Never heat a home with a cooktop or oven. Limit your time outdoors, and stay dry

After/Be Safe

Only drive if necessary. Remove snow and ice from your tailpipe before starting your car, and check regularly if idling. Clean all snow and ice from your car before driving. Dress in warm clothing, stay dry, prevent prolonged exposure to cold and wind, and avoid overexertion clearing/shoveling snow. Overexertion can lead to a medical emergency. Monitor local news and alerts for emergency information and instructions.

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