Snow Conditions Report: March 7, 2019

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Snow enthunsiasts know that as you turn the calendar to March, your time to take advantage of the snow is winding down. That’s why I emplore you to take advantage of the snow this weekend, which I think will be the last great weekend of winter.
A storm system will move into the Western Great Lakes Saturday night into Sunday and it will place much of Lower Michigan on the warm side of it. Saturday morning will begin dry with temperatures below freezing.
Rain will follow the clouds as the wind increases from the east-southeast. I think much of Northern Michigan will avoid rain during the daylight hours Saturday.
Remember Daylight Saving Time arrives Sunday, so don’t forget to advance clocks forward an hour before you go to bed Saturday night.

Speaking of Saturday night, it will be a wet one. Rain will fall across Lower Michigan with snow across the U.P.
Accumulating snow will likely fall across the Straits to the north.
Low pressure moves through the Straits area Sunday morning with colder air filtering in behind it, changing any rain over to a mix of rain, snow and sleet. It will become windy, but not as windy as the Sunday two weeks ago (Cyclone Bomb).
Wind gusts will exceed 40 mph across Lower Michigan, but I don’t think it will be enough to close the Mighty Mac. If you leave during the morning, you shouldn’t have any issue getting across the bridge.

If you are lucky enough to play in the snow, let’s see how much you get to play in this weekend. The statewide snow is very impressive with amounts that range from just a trace near the Michigan-Indiana state line to around five feet near the Lake Superior shoreline. As of Thursday morning, 84 percent of the state was covered with snow with the average depth of 15 inches.
Southern Lower Michigan snow depth:
Snow depth across Northern Michigan:
Here are some other snow depths for various cities across Lower Michigan:
Cadillac: 9 inches
Kalkaska:  26 inches
East Jordan:  27 inches
Charlevoix: 20 inches
Lake City: 11 inches
Lewiston: 22 inches
Mio: 20 inches

Upper Peninsula:
St. Ignace: 24 inches
Drummond Island: 34 inches
Detour: 26 inches
Paradise: 40 inches
Grand Marais: 52 inches
Calumet: 58 inches
Ishpeming: 53 inches
Big Bay: 48 inches

Temperatures will lbe much warmer this weekend compared to last. Highs Saturday will peak in the 30s up north and 40s down south. 
High temperatures will be warmest during the morning Sunday, then gradually fall during the afternoon. Unlike a couple of weeks ago, there will not be any Arctic air involved.
Temperatures will be consistently above the freezing mark going forward, hence the premise that this will be the last great weekend.
Once beyond this weekend, I think ski resorts have built up enough of a base there should be decent skiing into late March.

Also, this is the time of year a lot of resorts have fun event days. Crystal Mountain, which is fullly open, has their Cardboard Classic and Slush Cup Spring Carnival happening this Saturday.

Schuss Mountain is also hosting their Slush Cup this weekend with Bell’s Brewery. Further north in Harbor Springs, Boyne Highlands is hosting their 10th annual Brewski Festival. I watched them build the snow bars for the event last weekend. Here’s my daughter last weekend on her snowboard:



For snowmobilers, I’m inclined to think there may not be enough snow next weekend across most of Northern Lower MIchigan to snowmobile. I do believe there will be plenty for awhile in the U.P.

Speaking of the U.P., I’ll lbe with friends this weekend in and around the Paradise, Grand Marais, Munising area. I hope to see you on the trails.

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