Snow Conditions Report: December 2, 2021


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Temperatures in the 50s aren’t how I want to start my first snow report for the 2021-22 season. But honestly, there aren’t a lot of times you have a good rapport during the first weekend in December.

Let’s compare the months of December to the last five years. We see quite a variation. The snowiest December on record is 59.2 inches in 2000, which also holds the record for the snowiest month.

Snow depth across the state is currently anemic with 5 inches reported at Soo and only 2 inches at Marquette. Fortunately, it has been cold enough lately that ski resorts can snow.

SKI STATIONS

Amer and Cannonsburg: They won’t open this weekend. Cannonsburg is running for an opening Dec. 18 just during the children’s winter break.

Caberfae: It plans to open this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with limited prints. The ski lifts that will be open will be the North Peak Quad, the Shelter Double Chair and possibly the Vista Triple.

Crystal mountain: The website states that it snows on every occasion, but there is no confirmation whether or not it is considering opening.

Schuss Mountain / Shanty Creek: The website says they will open December 4 and 5 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Boyne Mountain: It plans to open this Friday for season pass holders from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday for everyone. It plans to open daily on December 10. Mountain Express and Boyneland will be open to transport you to the top.

Boyne Highlands: Same as Boyne Mountain, but I’m not sure which lifts will be open this weekend.

Nubs Nob: It will be open on December 3 through the weekend from 9 am to 4:30 pm At the time of this writing, SnoPro, Smooth Sailing and Big Time will be open.

Side note: If you are planning to be one of the first to hit the slopes this season, my advice is to hit the slopes this Friday and / or Saturday rather than Sunday. A system moving through Sunday will create mostly rain in lower Michigan. See more details below in the short term forecast.

SNOWMOBILE

Sorry, snowmobilers, even with the arrival of December 1, the official opening day of the trail season, the base is not yet good enough. I have checked out several groups of snowmobiles in northern Michigan and the general consensus is that it is not worth taking a long hike from the lower state.

I’m sure there might be a few local spots in the highlands of Lake Superior that you could get away with, but the trail system isn’t ready for you. For example, around Paradise they report a depth of 6 inches but the ground is not yet frozen. I read that a man had ridden a little over 100 miles on his sled on the Keweenaw Peninsula but it was difficult at times and some of the trails were still closed.

There is better news, however, as we take a look at the potential weather scenario later this weekend and next week.

SHORT-TERM FORECAST

An area of ​​deepening low will be positioned near Minneapolis on Sunday morning and is expected to track from there through the Straits by Monday morning. A trail like this will keep much of lower Michigan in the warm section with the line of rain and snow likely going from Petoske to Gaylord to Alpena.

It looks like a solid, heavy 3-6 inch snowfall will occur from there north across the Upper Peninsula. After that, the cold heads south and it will ignite the lake effect snow machine across the state.

The key is whether or not the temperatures will cooperate or not and allow the snow to stay. It looks like there will be warmer air flooding much of the United States. The question is whether we can hold on to the snow next weekend before it arrives.

Here are the high temperatures for the next 8 days. Keep in mind that this is for Grand Rapids so they will be cooler further north.

Unfortunately for snow lovers, the outlook for 8 to 14 days does not look encouraging.

If you consult Storm Team 8 Winter Outlook, it highlights how transient winters in La Nina can be. We will have periods of cold and snow followed by a heat of snowmelt. Whatever the model, I will prepare you with my weekly Snow conditions report.


The Snow Conditions Report is sponsored by Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resort.

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