Forbush Corner: December 16, 2016 Larry will be out grooming today and trying to get as many trails open as he can. We received at least a foot of lake effect snow over the last two days, plus the several inches from the weekend. There is a lot of snow to tame. Expect soft conditions with a skate lane and classic tracks. You can use your good skis for sure. Winter is here. Depending on how the grooming goes today we will try to have our lighted 2 Km loop up for night skiing starting at 5. I will update later in the day. Another storm moving in tonight through Saturday with snow totals ranging from 8-11 inches.
Hanson Hills: Groomed for skate and classic. Good condition.
XC Ski Headquarters: The trails are in great shape headed into the weekend, with wide, well-packed, snow combed skating lanes, and fresh classic tracks as of yesterday. Ginzu Dana will start grooming again this morning once the temps warm up a little. We have 8 to 10 inches of snow in the woods and 4 to 6 inches of packed snow on the trails. Conditions are excellent!
9 & 10 weather forecast:
* Winter Weather Advisory for: Most of the Lower Peninsula counties starting today, ending 7am Sunday. Lake effect starts Friday with a storm moving in Friday night lasting through Saturday night. Storm totals up to 12″ are possible from this system. Be prepared for travel delays.
* Winter Weather Advisory for: Mackinac and Chippewa counties from 5pm Friday, ending 1am Sunday. A storm rolls in Friday night and lasts through Saturday night. Storm totals up to 6″ are possible from this system. Be prepared for travel delays.
This Morning: It’s a bitter cold start to the day with temperatures in the mid teens to single digits but there a few spots below zero. There are isolated lake effect showers this morning, otherwise winds are much calmer and morning commutes should be decent. Keep in there are still slick spots on the roads, so take your time this morning.
Today: Many start the day with sunshine but lake effect snow redevelops this afternoon mainly West of US-131, up through the Straits. Areas right along the Lake Michigan shore line could quickly see 3-6″ of snow with locally higher amounts possible. This evening, scattered snow starts moving into the area ahead of the next system. Less than an inch is expected before sunset for these areas. Winds are much calmer today out of the Southwest/South at 5-15 mph with highs in the upper teens to mid 20s.
Friday Night & Saturday: A Winter Storm impacts Northern Michigan bringing heavy, wet snow. The heaviest snow is expected Friday night and becomes occasional through the day Saturday. Much of the Lower Peninsula will see 6-12″ of snow by Saturday afternoon. Be prepared for a slow drive for the entire period with slick roads and low visibility being the biggest issues. Snowfall rates start to slow down Saturday evening with lake effect developing behind the system. Highs reach into the 20s with winds of 5-15 mph.
Sunday: Arctic air moves over Northern Michigan once again, developing more lake effect snow. Areas outside of the lake effect bands can plan on more breaks of sunshine with highs topping out in the teens. Winds are gusty through the day, causing blowing and drifting problems and making temperatures feel below zero.
– Meteorologist Emily Kennedy