Here it is almost the middle of May and there is still an existing snowbank in the Grand Rapids area! But, it has just about melted away!

At this point the snowbank is just a dark, dirty, gray clump of ice -- but it was originally snow that was plowed from a parking lot at an office building on the southeast side of Grand Rapids.

You can see the snowbank if you are driving east on I-96. It is located just past the Cascade Road exit. It will be on the righthand side of the freeway. (It's just beyond Bonefish Grill).

Why is there still snow there? Well, the area where the snow is piled up is on the north side of a huge retaining wall. Because of it's location, and the tall buildings around it, the area gets very little sun...that means it takes a long time for the snow to melt in the spring.

As of Friday evening, when this picture was taken, there was just a little bit of the snowbank remaining. With a little more rain, or some warmer days, the remaining snow will probably be gone sometime in the next couple of days!

Bring on spring and summer! Goodbye snow. See you again next winter!