Forbush Corner: We are open today from 1 PM to 5 PM. Plenty of snow on the ground. Tilling and tracksetting will commence at daybreak. Temps are set to bottom out around 10 AM and then climb to a near 20 degrees F this afternoon.The West Trail System and the Hartwick Pines State Park connector trail will be available for your skiing enjoyment.
The Forbush Freestyle will take place tomorow from 10 AM to around noon. A good assortment of trails will be groomed and available for those not participating in the race. All the trails will be open immediately following the race around noon.The ski shop will be open today until 9 PM for race bib pick-up and a Toko wax clinic at 6:30 PM.
Hanson Hills: Lodge and Trails Open at 9am. 3 inches of new snow to work with this morning.. Groomer Jason will be starting on Brown and M-93 Hills and setting track through Wilderness Trail. All other trails will slowly open throughout the morning. Do not forget to Sign up for the Meijer State Games of Michigan; Forbush Freestyle and Hanson Hills Classic Races to be held on January 30-31st!!
XC Ski Headquarters: We received a heavy dusting of snow yesterday during the day, and expect the same again this morning. Groomer Henry will snow comb all the skate lanes early this morning, and will re-set tracks where the wind blown snow has filled in the existing tracks. We now have a 8 to 11 inch base and there is 14 to 18 inches of snow in the woods. It should be another fine day of skiing.
9 & 10 weather:
*Season Snowfall totals: Gaylord is at 65.5″, normal is 89.7″; Traverse City 61.8″, normal is 66.4″, Houghton Lake 21.9″, normal is 38.9″, Sault Ste Marie 36.7″, normal is 77.8″
This morning we have some lake effect snow hanging around the Northern L.P. and it is heavy at times for Northeast Grand Traverse & Kalkaska Counties. The U.P. and Central L.P. are pretty quiet this morning but winds continue to blow and drift snow for all of Northern Michigan. It is also making it feel more like -12 to 15 degrees rather than the actual air temps which range from 4 to 25 degrees. Morning commutes should be ok but might be a tad slow for isolated areas. Today is going to be partly to mostly cloudy with any snow coming to an end by mid to late morning. Some sunshine will start to appear this afternoon for areas of the U.P. and Lower Peninsula. Highs are going to range from the mid teens to mid 20s with winds turning from the Northwest to the Southwest/South at 5-10mph. Snow starts to move in tonight with overnight lows in the low teens to mid 20s. Temperatures will start to rise overnight and winds will be out of the South/Southeast at 5-10mph.
Saturday morning will start with snow and mixed showers for areas of Northern Michigan. Skies will gradually improve into the afternoon and evening. Highs are going to be in the low 30s to low 40s. Sunday brings in a small system from the Southwest which will bring rain and mixed showers for most areas. Highs are going to be in the mid 30s to mid 40s. Cooler air and breezy winds move in Monday. Some snow will be out there to start next week with highs in the mid 20s to mid 30s.
Tuesday will start off quiet but a large storm is looking to move into the Great Lakes starting late Tuesday afternoon. Snow and mixed showers move in late Tuesday but ramps up Wednesday with gusty winds and bouts of heavy snow. Highs Tuesday will be in the mid 20s to mid 30s. Snow and gusty winds Wednesday with highs in the mid 20s to mid 30s. Lake effect will develop behind this system Wednesday with mid teens to mid 20s. We will continue to watch this system very closely into the middle of next week. -Meteorologist Michael Stevens