Snowmobile Conditions 1/22 – The groomer report is that trails are in good to very good condition, but because traffic on the trails is so light, they don’t need to groom again until Friday. Then they’ll run their normal weekend schedule, so take it easy out there because you don’t want to run into one of those big green machines! (that almost happened earlier this week, and could have been really nasty)
9 & 10 Weather:
The snow continues across the region this afternoon with a general Trace -2″ possible. Those areas west of US-131 could see up to 4″ and anyone west of US-31 and south of Traverse City could see up to 6″. The higher totals are all due to Lake Michigan. Be prepared for slow traveling so plan on extra time reaching you destination and turn on your headlights for safety. As for temperatures, they are rising and most spots will at least reach the teens. The warmest areas will be in our central lower counties where you might reach 16. Winds are variable at 5-15 mph keeping wind chills below zero.
Tonight has the small storm heading out of the region along with much of the snow. In it’s wake is another surge of arctic weather which brings lake effect snow back into the picture. Since winds are turning quite a bit tonight I’m not looking for a lot of snow. I’m only forecasting an inch or two where it does fall. The temperatures are the other story as the mercury falls into the negative teens across the U.P. The Lower Peninsula is looking at single digits above and below zero. Winds eventually end up coming from the N/NE at 5-15 keeping wind chills below zero.
Lake effect snow is back in gear tomorrow for areas of the U.P. west of I-75 and in NW Lower. Several more inches of snow are possible as the snow develops. Away from the lake snow skies turn partly sunny as the cold air takes hold of the state. Highs range from -2 to 15 and wind chills of -5 to -20 degrees.