XC Ski Conditions 2/26/14 – Forbush Corner: Impeccably groomed, as always. Open Saturday and Sunday at 9; closing one hour before sunset.
Hanson Hills: Trails are in great shape. All groomed with set tracks. Lodge and Trails open at 9am.
Mason Tract: Being groomed for classic
XC Ski Headquarters: We have received close to another inch of fresh snow since yesterday morning. The new snow helps in the battle of the oak leaves. Ginzu Dana will start Ginzu grooming all the trails early this morning slicing and dicing the oak leaves in the process. Setting oak leaf free tracks will be his goal today.
All 8 trails are open for a total of 18 kilometers (11 miles) of classic skiing and skate skiing. Depth of packed snow ranges from 15 to 25 inches (34 inches in the Blizzard X-C Ski Park where we make snow). Depth of unpacked snow ranges from 17 to 37 inches. Conditions are very good to excellent for classic and skate skiing. Some oak leaves are in the tracks on some parts of the trails.
Weather Report, 9 & 10:
* Wind chill advisories for the entire area until 12pm Thursday. Winds chills could reach -20 or colder. Bitter cold air is set to push into the region today and last through Friday. Highs will generally be in the single digits with below zero lows and a steady wind keeping wind chills well below zero. If heading out, dress in layers and cover all exposed skin!
**Winter Weather Advisories for counties along and west of I-75 until 3pm Thursday because of a weak clipper system that will bring gusty winds, brutal cold and 1-3″ of snow with an isolated 4″ mark in spots. Blowing and drifting snow and brutal wind chills will be a concern tonight and tomorrow.
We’ve seen some clearer skies and sunshine this morning but that will not last long. Enjoy the sunshine while you can. Clouds will move in this afternoon and a clipper system will move in bringing snow late this afternoon and into tonight. Winds will be gusty today from the southwest at 10-25mph so blowing, drifting, and low visibility will be issues as this snow moves in. Temperatures will be cold today with highs only in the single digits to mid teens. Winds will make it feel even colder with most wind chills in the negatives. Snow will continue tonight as winds remain strong to contribute continuing issues with visibility, blowing, and drifting. Air temperatures tonight will be single digits on either side of 0 with wind chills well into the negatives.
Thursday will be the coldest day this week with highs only in the single digits and many areas of the U.P. struggling to reach positive numbers. Winds will remain gusty so wind chills will remain in the negatives. Lake effect snow will take over for Thursday. Friday will start dry for most with snow moving in for the evening and overnight hours and highs in the single digits to mid teens.
Snow will continue for Saturday with highs in the teens to low 20s. Sunday will see snow chances for our central lower counties with highs in the single digits to mid teens. Monday will be mostly cloudy with highs in the teens to low 20s. Teens to low 20s continue Tuesday with some more snowfall. -Meteorologist Jessica Van Meter