I lived in Bay City in April 1975. The snow started there just after sun set. We had 14"+ of snow with thunderstorms around 10PM power went out. There was a 4' drift in my back yard. I don't expect this to be anywhere near that. for one its warmer this year. Lows were in the teens in the nights just before the 1975 storm and highs were only in the 30's and low 40's the high in Bay City on the 2nd was only 33° (the storm in Bay City was the night of the 2nd into the morning of the 3rd) but we shall see.
I was a kid on Easter break (yeah, it was actually still called that back then). My dad took me to the cinema to see The Towering Inferno. That must've been the world record longest single film in Hollywood history (over 4 hrs run time). Went into the show prolly 7pm or so and not a flake in the air. Came out and there was ~4" and pounding massive 'chutes like 2+" per hour rates!
With my only source of wx news being nightly 6pm local news out of Flint (Channel 12 normally if I expected possible snow day during the winter).I wasn't even thinking snowstorm in April, so I would not have been tuned into the evening news - too busy outside playing with my buddies.
Was there any WSWatches issued do you recall?
Winter 2017-18 Snow Total = 68.3" Oct: 0.0 Nov: 0.0 Dec: 24.2 Jan: 14.5 Feb: 19.7 Mar: 4.7 Apr: 5.2 (annual avg for mby = ~49.9", avg for last 10 seasons = 67.4" ) 135% of normal-what a stretch it's been!!
Winter 2016-17 Snow Total = 52"
Winter 2015-16 Snow Total = 57.4"
Winter 2014-15 Snow Total = 55.3"
Winter 2013-14 Snow Total = 100.6" (coldest & snowiest in the modern record!)
Winter 2012-13 Snow Total = 47.2"
Winter 2011-12 Snow Total = 43.7"
Notable Blizzards/Snowstorms in SWMI: Nov 2015, Feb 2015, Jan 2014, Feb 2011, Dec 2000, Jan 1999, Mar 1998, Jan 1982, Jan 1979, Jan 1978, Jan 1977, March 1973, Jan 1967, March 1947, Jan 1918
"Long range winter forecasting - it's like tossing darts in a hurricane.." "In my day, they didn't name 'em, they just called 'em blizzards! *Shakes fist in air and ambles away mumbling to himself" “and to think kids nowadays get day's off school because the wind blew. I think in '78 we only got 1 day off” "..It's the U.P. where there are two seasons. Winter, and three months of bad skiing.."