Cool Pattern Continues into Next Week

Posted: Jan 3, 2022 / 2:53 am ESTUpdated: January 3, 2022 / 3:29 am EST

This is the latest 8-14 day temperature forecast from the Climate Prediction Center for May 10-16. January. The Great Lakes are “in the blue,” which means a good chance we’ll see Temps. slightly cooler than average. The average maximum temperatures throughout January are in the low 30s. Technically, the coldest (mid-winter) average temperature is around January 20, about a month after the winter solstice.

Snowfall sums

Here are some snowfall totals from Saturday night’s snow. Grand Rapids (Ford Airport) had one of the higher sums. Most of the area had 3-5 ″ snowfall. While the main roads are in pretty good shape on Monday, there are still icy spots on sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, and less traveled back roads.

Updated snowfall totals for the season

Grand Rapids is now just 4.2 ″ below the average snowfall this winter.

Check out the crowd in the Bittersweet ski area on Sunday evening

Bittersweet had a great Sunday – check out the audience. They had the snow cannons fired on the unopened slopes. The Swiss Valley opened on Sunday lunchtime, as did the Echo Valley near Kalamazoo. Mulligan’s Hollow in Grand Haven was also open on Sunday. I am sure Cannonsburg and Timber Ridge will be up and running very soon. The colder pattern will allow the resorts to make snow not only at night but also during many hours of daylight.

Snow on the Ground Sunday – Lower Michigan: 6 ″ Grand Rapids, 5 ″ Holland, Lansing, East Gr. Rapids, 4 “Grandville and Flint, 3” Detroit, Ann Arbor. Hastings, South Bend IN and Gaylord, 2 “Muskegon, Hart, Big Rapids, Alpena, Houghton Lake, Traverse City, E. Jordan, Fife Lake, Grayling, 1” Fremont, Beulah, Standish, E. Tawas, Charlevoix, Maple City .

Upper Peninsula: 21 “Grand Marais, 18” Munising, 15 “Hancock, 12” Champion, 11 “Gladstone, Rapid River, 9” S. Ste. Marie and Norway, 8 “Marquette, Ironwood, Paulding and Michigamme, 7” Watersmeet and Stambaugh.

Snowy Sunday in the USA

As of Sunday, 49% of the adjacent US had snow on the ground. There is a lot of snow in the mountains in the western United States. Snowfall this winter so far: Mt. Baker, Washington) 12 “of snow in the last 24 hours and a base of 135”, Mammoth Mt. (California) 202 “this season so far, 99” depth at the main lodge, 171 “base On the mountaintop, Palisades / Tahoe reports 52 ″ for the last week and 265 ″ for the season, Kirkwood, California had 210 ″ this season; Alta, Utah, reports 230 ″ of snow this winter.

On Sunday the Great Lakes had an ice cover of 2.3%. Lake Michigan was 3.4% (most of it in Green Bay).

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