XC Ski Conditions 2/21
Hanson Hills: 41 degrees and raining in Grayling. We will not be running our grooming equipment today, trails have been holding up rather well considering everything Mother Nature has thrown at it.
XC Ski Headquarters: As of yesterday the snow was still remarkably good on most trails, and conditions were great given the warm temps. We received some rain over night, however, and so will not be grooming this morning. Conditions on the trails have changed from very good to marginal due to this rain, which has also exposed some debris, ice, and some bare spots at this point. The Blizzard Trail and practice area will be open for skiing today, but we are asking skiers not to ski on the other trails in order to preserve the snow pack that we have.
TV 9 & 10 Weather Forecast:
Today: Light fog and drizzle hang on for some early this afternoon but the fog clears up with breaks of sunshine late this afternoon to evening. The well above average temperature continue as highs top out in the mid 40s to low 60s! Winds are out of the Southwest at 5-15 mph.
Tonight: Skies are partly to mostly cloudy with patchy fog possible. Winds are light out of the Southwest/South at 5-10 mph with lows in the low 30s to low 40s.
Wednesday & Thursday: Wednesday is the warmest day in this stretch with highs ranging from 47 to 63 degrees! Skies are mostly to partly sunny for most of the Lower Peninsula. A few more clouds hang on for the The Eastern U.P. and Tip of the Mitt with a chance for a light shower in the afternoon and evening. Thursday starts out with sunshine but clouds increase throughout the day. Highs are in the low 40s to low 50s.
Friday & The Weekend: We are watching a strong system that begins to move in on Friday, bringing strong gusty winds and rain/mixed showers. Highs are in the mid 30s to low 50s but cold air begins to wrap in behind the system, causing temperatures to fall through the night. Rain/mixed showers turn to wet snow by Saturday morning with hazardous travel conditions possible. Scattered snow continues through Saturday with gusty winds. Highs fall to the mid 20s to upper 30s. Roads could be slick and some bursts of heavier snow could reduce visibilities. Lake effect snow develops as the system pulls away on Sunday with highs in the mid 20s to mid 30s.
-Meteorologist Emily Kennedy