Snow report: February 24, 2022

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It’s hard to believe that this snow report will be for the last weekend in February and the weather winter.

Again, the Upper Peninsula is the place to go if you want to play in good snow, especially if you’re a snowmobiler. UP is to share some of the white gold with the areas south of the bridge. Check out the snowfall on February 22 and 23.

This is the story of two peninsulas: one with and one without snow.

Snow depths for Northern Michigan:

This could be the high point in terms of snowfall across the UP as milder temperatures are forecast next week and the sun angle continues to rise.

Snow depths:

lower peninsula

  • Great Rapids: 0
  • Cadillac: 2
  • Ludington: 5
  • Houghton Lake: 5
  • Drive through town: 7
  • Charlevoix: 11
  • Eastern Jordan: 10
  • Gaylord: 9
  • Alpena: 3
  • Petoskey: 5
  • Cheboygan: 15

upper peninsula

  • So: 33
  • Paradise: 38
  • Grand Marais: 50
  • Manistic: 23
  • Munising: 38
  • Label: 42
  • Houghton: 37
  • Pipe: 32
  • Escanaba: 7
  • Painesdale: 56
  • Great Bay: 35

A light snowfall of 1 to 3 inches will fall Thursday night through Friday morning on the Lower Peninsula. After that, the weekend seems dry and cold seasonally. Other than a few flurries over the Great Lakes, no snow accumulation is expected.

A cold front on Sunday will pass through dry weather.

A cold front will arrive on Sunday with light amounts of snow on the UP

The snow appearing in the models is what is expected to fall Thursday evening through Friday morning.

Temperatures this weekend will be tolerable on Saturday with colder temperatures arriving in the north on Sunday.

SKIERS

SCHUSS: The Kirkwood family was able to get away and have a wonderful Presidents Day weekend at the Schuss Mountain/Shanty Creek resort. As you can see there is plenty of snow to have fun with. Many thanks to Chris Hale, Chief Marketing Officer, who sponsored this report. He mentioned that it’s a blessing that Schuss was able to make snow because it’s been another winter where the snow just didn’t hit and stayed. I believe his comment was, “We got 69 inches of snow from Mother Nature and we melted 65 of it.” But he also wanted to point out that some of the best skiing can happen in March for a number of reasons: the slopes of skiing tends not to be as crowded, fares are cheaper, and there is more daylight and generally warmer temperatures. So go hit the slopes!

TIMBERIDGE: 2-4 inches of fresh snow will help after a considerable melt last Tuesday. Skiing is open with the Double1 and Double2 chairs as well as the Triple chairs operating Friday 1-9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 10am-7pm. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Don’t forget to also take advantage of the 9 complete tube sliding lanes.

BITTERSWEET: Just in time for the weekend, the snow has fallen and the temperatures will be ideal. Open Friday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

CANNONSBURG: A freshness of snow arrived just in time for the weekend. You can hit the slopes on Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The tubing (by reservation only) is open Friday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

CABERFAE: It will be a great weekend with sunshine and tolerable temperatures. Four ski lifts are open serving 30 runs. Open Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

CRYSTAL: 7/8 ski lifts open serving all slopes. Open Friday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

MOUNTAIN BOYNE: Fantastic weekend for skiers with sunshine and temps in the 20s and 30s. Open Friday and Saturday 9am-9pm and 9am-4.30pm on Sunday. The 10/12 ski lifts are open and serve 51/60 runs.

BOYNE UPLANDS: Same as above. Open Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. 8/10 ski lifts are open serving 100% of the slopes.

NOB OF NOB: You’ll want your shaded glasses with expected sun. All lifts and slopes are open Friday through weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. so groomers can refresh the slopes and resume from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

SNOWMOBILES

FROM SOUTH LOWER MICHIGAN

Even with the 1 to 4 inches of snow, it won’t be enough to venture on the trails. Go north!

LOWER NORTH

There are pockets of passable trails if you’re determined to stay south of the bridge this weekend. I walked past the Baldwin and it’s not passable. Houghton Lake is similar, with very little snow on the lake as well. The best area seems to be near Charlevoix at Petoskey/Spring Harbor. The Harbor Springs Snowmobile Club reported that all of their trails were freshly groomed with a few small spots here and there. Not so good at Indian River where the trails are snowy and passable, but the turns are icy and the snow is fine.

TO THE EAST

This weekend may represent the peak of winter in terms of snowfall. Trail reports are good to excellent throughout. Keep in mind that the conditions are not so good all over the Lower Peninsula. Ultimately, this forces riders to UP, so expect the tracks to be busy this weekend and not hold up as long. I will be riding in the Paradise, Pine Stump Grand Marais area this weekend. I hope to see other runners up there. Either way, we’re the downhill slope of winter, so get out there and ride!

LOOK AHEAD

A weak system is possible mid next week with a wetter system for Saturday. It’s too far to know if it will be mostly snow or not.

The medium term outlook puts us in an active pattern with seasonal temperature outlook. Snow or rain for us. Stay tuned.

Snow conditions will remain very good in March across UP for snowmobiling and ski trails, especially in northern Michigan, for much of the month. Enjoy it while you can because we’ll be mowing our lawns before you know it.


the Snow report is sponsored by Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resort.

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