XC Ski Conditions 1/12 – Forbush Corner: Larry is getting the groomer warmed up and plans to have some trails open for skiing by 10 today. It was quite a wild temperature swing and some major melting, but our base survived. We will give a better update on conditions as we start to work on the trails. We are open today through Monday.
Hanson Hills: Trail head is in rough shape, yesterday’s rain and warm temperatures put the hurting on our trail system. We have a lot of grass showing, Groomers are out this morning assessing all the trails with hopes that we still have a decent base in the woods. Trails will be Closed today.
XC Ski Headquarters: After the warm temps and rain yesterday, the snowpack on the ski trails experienced a considerable thaw. Thankfully the temps have returned to the mid-teens, and look to stay there for the foreseeable future. Trail doctors Bob, Stu and Mike will be working with the new Snow Spreader today to distribute manmade snow atop the layer of ice that now covers most of the trail surface. With any luck, we will have 1 or 2 trails that are fully skiable for the weekend. In the meantime, the Practice Area is open for ski demos and lessons, as the deep base of manmade snow out there is still holding up well. As for the rest of the trails, they are open for snowshoeing only today as we work to rebuild the base for skiing.
TV 9 & 10 weather forecast:
**Record Highs from yesterday: Gaylord reached 49 degrees breaking the old record of 47 degrees set back in 1980. Traverse city reached 55 degrees, the old record was 53 degrees from 2012. Houghton Lake reached 52 degrees beating the old record of 50 degrees from 2012. Pellston reached 52 breaking the old record of 49 set in 1975
Today: Take your time and bundle up today! Roads could be a bit icy in spots which could really slow down traveling. Temperatures hang around 10-23 degrees for highs but it will feel colder than that with wind chill. Some isolated lake effect will be out there at times as well. Winds are gusty coming out of the North/Northwest at 10-25 mph with gusts reaching up to 30 mph!
Tonight: Overnight lows drop into the -8 to 11 degree range with winds out of the North/Northwest at 10-20 mph, making it feel well below zero. Some lake effect snow will be out there but it will be isolated and not adding up to much.
Saturday: A good mix of sun and clouds along with some lake effect snow showers mainly west. Accumulations will be very little if any at all. Highs range from 6 to 20 degrees with calmer North winds at 5-10 mph.
Sunday: Some lake effect will be out there with partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid teens to low 20s.
Next Week: MLK Day is Monday and you can expect some scattered to occasional snow showers as a system moves through. Highs will be in the upper teens to mid 20s. Tuesday brings in lake effect snow showers and highs in the mid teens to mid 20s. Wednesday starts with some lake effect in the morning but sunshine returns for your afternoon and evening. Highs stay in the mid teens to mid 20s. A nice Thursday with mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper teens to upper 20s.
-Meteorologist Melanie Steinberg