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It was incredibly frustrating to watch such beautiful snow disappear this week. Going into last weekend, we had more than a foot of snow on the ground from Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo and Muskegon.
It’s gone, so if you want to snowmobile or cross country ski, you’ll have to venture north.
The useful snow will be found once you get up to the M-55 corridor and points north.
The snow depth has once again turned to anemic levels across Southern Lower Michigan.
There’s still enough snow depth across Northern Michigan to take advantage of.
Snow depth in inches of other cities in Lower Michigan:
Cadillac: 5 inches
Kalkaska: 7 inches
Charlevoix: 19 inches
East Jordan: 15 inches
Petoskey: 11 inches
Lewiston: 10 inches
Mio: 11 inches
Snow depth of other cities in the U.P.:
St. Ignace: 18 inches
Paradise: 26 inches
Munising: 27 inches
Calumet: 44 inches
A significant snow event Thursday night has added more snow across the Central and Western U.P. Marquette received more than 8 inches from this storm and 14.5 inches in Painesdale in the Keewanau.
As the low pressure moves away, strong winds will envelop Michigan. They will flow across Lake Michigan, producing light to moderate lake-effect through Friday evening.
Wind gusts Friday will be between 40 to 50 mph statewide. If you plan to head north snowmobiling and pulling a high profile vehicle, it will be a challenge. Make sure you check with the Mackinaw Bridge Authority for any possible bridge closures if you plan on heading to the U.P.
Here’s the expected snow amounts for this system:
Not much snow is in the forecast this weekend. Actually, Saturday looks beautiful with sunshine and a very light wind.
A weak system slides in later Sunday with some light snow across Central and Southern Lower Michigan.
Temperatures will be in the teens and 20s statewide with sunshine and a light breeze.
Temperatures Sunday will be a little warmer across Lower Michigan.
Looking ahead it appears cooler-than-average conditions and the potential of above-average snowfall will be in the forecast more often than not.
The latest 8- to 14-day temperature outlook keeps it cool across the Great Lakes westward.
It appears temperatures will remain cool right through the end of the month.
With the cold comes the snow, especially across Northern Michigan. Remember, the 8- to 14-day temperature outlook is colder than average from Feb. 14 to 20. The active weather pattern will remain in place across the U.S. with above-average precipitation expected, and that should mean mostly snow across Michigan.
The European model does not have a lot of snow across Southern Lower Michigan for the next ten days but piles it on across the north.
The GFS ten day forecast has similar results:
If you plan on skiing this weekend, conditions will be ideal. I just checked with Cannonsburg, Bittersweet and Timber Ridge and they are open for skiing and tubing.
The best day to ski will be Saturday, with sunshine expected statewide and a gentle breeze. Bring the shaded goggles and sunglasses.
If you enjoy watching skiers race, Crystal Mountain is hosting the NASTAR Midwest Championships.
As for snowmobilers, you’ll have to head north once again and in this case, the farther north the better.
Checking the Cadillac, Mancelona and Grayling area, the trails are not good but they are rideable. Snirt and ice seem to be the common trail report between M-55 and M-72. If you do end up riding there, make sure you are careful with the recent freezing rain there could be a few fallen branches on the trail.
The reports improve dramatically around Traverse City, Gaylord, and Petoskey up to the Bridge.
Speaking of the Mighty Mac, if you cross it, you will be treated to superb trail conditions.
We are in the second half of winter so take advantage of the snow when you can.