Up to 10″ of New Snow in Michigan

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Up to 11″ of snow has fell in parts of Upper Michigan and N. Lower Michigan. The pic. above is Co. Road 612 at I-75 near the town of Frederic in northern Lower Michigan.

MDOT camera along I-75 near Gaylord

The above pic. is late this afternoon along I-75 near Gaylord in N Lower Michigan. The public reported 9″ of new snow at Otsego Lake St. Park near Gaylord. The Gaylord NWS had 11″ of snowfall and at one point had 9″ on the ground. Vanderbilt had 3.5″ of new snow and the town of Wolverine had 3″. Temperatures were above freezing and with the warm ground, much of the snow was melting on area roads, though you can see snow on the bridge in the pic. above.

Snowman Cam near Gaylord

The snow provided some added weight and could break off a few branches. Most of Upper Michigan deciduous trees have lost their leaves, but many trees still have leaves on in Lower Michigan. As of 6 pm Wed., there were 6,059 customers without power in Michigan, second only to California among the 50 states.

Here’s current weather observations in Michigan, the G.R. NWS forecast discussion and a Michigan weather map. Check out the Snowman Cam.

Michigan Radar
Winter Outlook is online now here at woodtv.com

The Winter Outlook is online now here at www.woodtv.com.

North American Snow and Ice Cover

The above map shows North American snow and ice cover as of Nov. 1 (Mon.). Note that there was snow on the ground across much of Nebraska (that melts off quickly) and also north of Minnesota, across much of N. Ontario and N. Manitoba.

Snow and Ice extent on Monday Nov. 1

This map also shows snow and ice cover over the N. Hemisphere. Alaska is mostly snow-covered and look at the snow across Siberia. There is about a 70% correlation of early above-average snow extent in Siberia and cold/snowy weather in the Great Lakes in late November into early January.

Arctic Sea Ice Extent

The map above is Arctic Sea Ice Extent – which is growing at a fairly fast rate here in early November. The current sea ice extent is well below average extent, but slightly greater than the average of the 2010s and significantly greater than the record low extent of 2012.

Antarctica just had one of their coldest winters on record. There is a slight correlation between cold winters in Antarctica and cold/snowy weather in the Great Lakes during the winter that follows. Again, this trend toward cold/snow would start in late November.

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