Welcome to the Snowfall Competition Webpage!

Every year, the GEO Department hosts a snowfall prediction competition where students and staff make guesses on what the snowfall total will be in Grand Rapids at the end of the winter season. Check on the current snowfall total for Grand Rapids below. Now that the snowfall here in Michigan is slowing down, the snowfall total will now be updated periodically on the gauge, as needed, until the end of the competition this spring. 


Last updated: 2/26/2021

For US units, click here.

2019-2020 -- Katie Benedict (64 in/163 cm)

2018-2019 -- Noah Schumeth (86 in/218 cm)

2017-2018 -- Hans Leisman (82 in/208 cm)

2019-2020 -- (53.5 in/136 cm)

2018-2019 -- (81.3 in/207 cm)

2017-2018 -- (77.7 in/197 cm)

2016-2017 -- (60.1 in/153 cm)

2015-2016 -- (61.1 in/155 cm)

2014-2015 -- (78.1 in/198 cm)

(numbers rounded to nearest cm)

Want more information on predicted snowfall? Here is what some professionals are predicting for the 2020-2021 winter season in the west Michigan/Grand Rapids area.

For the most part, meteorologists have predicted a slow start to the winter season (which we have already seen) with a lot more precipitation coming in February. This will likely result in above average total precipitation this winter, with the highest amount of snowfall coming in February and early March.

For more information, check out the links below.

Local News:

WoodTV8 Grand Rapids Winter Outlook 2020-2021

WZZM13 Winter 2020 Outlook for Grand Rapids

National Weather Service:

NWS Southwest Michigan Winter Forecast 2020/2021

NOAA Climate Prediction Center Three-Month Outlook Jan-Mar 2021

Just for fun:

The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2021 Long Range Forecast for Grand Rapids, MI

How Much Will it Snow: Daily Forecast for Grand Rapids, MI