A Cool Start to Deer Season

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Today is the start of the firearms deer season, which runs from November 15-30. The day will be mostly cloudy and cool with temperatures reaching 40 this afternoon.

We saw low temperatures mainly in the low 30s to start the day – inland areas north of Kent Co. in the upper 20s and the Lake Michigan shoreline held in the mid 30s. There were a few icy spots this Monday AM . The low temp. was 31 in Grand Rapids.

Winds will be from the west at 5-15 mph (strongest at Lake Michigan). We’ll see more clouds than sun, but the sun should poke through a little during the day.

Snow cover in Michigan

Most of Michigan does not have “tracking snow”. Here’s a few spots that did report snow on the ground Sunday afternoon (see the graphic above). Monday AM snow depths: 5″ Mancelona, 4″ Marquette, Paulding and 9 miles SSW of Gaylord, 3″ Fife Lake, Gaylord, Elmira, Champion, 2″ Harbor Springs and Onekama, 1″ S. Ste. Marie, 5 miles ESE of Traverse City, Ann Arbor, Jacobsville, Engadine and Kingsley. Many locations had a trace of snow on the ground.

Snow on the ground Sunday AM

These areas had snow on the ground early Monday AM. Much of West Michigan reported just a trace of snow on the ground. The snow south of U.S. 10 mostly melted during the day Sunday. There is still some snow on the ground in northern Lower Michigan and across a good section of the U.P.

Forecast High Temperatures from Monday – Friday for Grand Rapids

Here’s forecast high temperatures for Grand Rapids this work week. High temperatures should reach the mid 40s Tuesday and Wednesday in Upper Michigan, so even the snow up there should pretty much be gone by midweek.

Season snowfall thru 11/14: Grand Marais 18″ (they had 12″ on 11/1), Ironwood 17.8″, Bergland Dam 15.5″. Grand Rapids has had officially 1.7″ this month (and season), Kalamazoo 3.4″ (W.M.U.) and just 0.6″ at Muskegon, where they have had more lake-effect rain than snow this month.

Deer pic. from Ann Steffen Martin

I’ll end with this pic. that my sister shot of a deer walking right thru their neighborhood.

ALSO: Beautiful fall colors south of Birmingham, Alabama. Tornadoes confirmed in CT and RI. San Diego set a record high temperature of 89 on Sunday. The “Pineapple Express” will bring heavy rain and flooding to the Pacific NW.

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