February 24, 2017 – 4:15 am update – It’s early Friday morning and we are BACK TO WINTER. Temps are now in the 20s and they are forecast to stay below freezing through the weekend in the U.P. and just rising to the low 30s in Northern Lower Michigan.
Moderate to heavy snow is expected in the Western U.P. with moderate snow expected in the Eastern U.P. You should be able to find trails to ride in the snow belts of the Western U.P. and the Eastern U.P. The snow is coming late – which means limited grooming – and low areas and swamps are wet again, so conditions will be early season with some challenging areas.
Conditions in Northern Lower Michigan are likely to be generally poor with perhaps some limited areas of fair conditions. They are expecting 2 to 5 inches of wet snow. But that is not likely good enough get the trails in very good shape. (Keep an eye out on the local reports, just in case they get more snow than expected.)
February 22, 2017 – 2:35 am update – The warm up has been brutal and we still have a couple of more days to go. Currently poor to marginal conditions throughout Northern Lower Michigan and the U.P.
The GOOD NEWS is that a big snow storm is in the forecast for Friday and is predicted to bring 8 to 12 inches to the Western U.P. with lake effect snow to follow on Saturday. The path of the storm is forecast to bring moderate snows of 4 to 8 inches to the Eastern U.P. That should be enough snow be able to get out and ride. It’s hard to say what the conditions will be with the snow coming late and limited grooming. Check the John Dee Forecast Graphic for the latest snow forecasts.
The BAD NEWS – for Northern Lower Michigan – is that the storm is only predicted to bring 1 or 2 inches of new snow. If the forecast holds, most trails will be unride-able or marginal at best and there will be a lot of bare ground. In addition, not much in the forecast in the way of snow for next week. So it might just be bleak in Northern Lower Michigan right into March.
We’ll keep you updated….
You can keep track of the snow in the forecast by checking out the Radar Loop
Check the weather page for the latest updates on the weather.
Check the Snow Depth Map for areas with the best snow.
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