It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, to bad it is a couple weeks late. We received 3 inches of the white stuff yesterday, of course Bittersweet is cranking up the snow makers with temps in the low 20s. They have been open since the first part of December. Timber Ridge hasn’t been as lucky as they have been closed more often than not. This is a great area for ski sports in the winter and golf in the summer.
I would like to thank Sue over at Mezzo Coffee House downtown for the great coffee they provide – I put their ad in the side bar, you can click on it to go to their site. They have WiFi, lots of area for enjoying the traditional coffee house atmosphere, great baristas and even a gift shop. Stop by if you are in Otsego…
Below are the current snow cover maps of the Northern Hemisphere. Snow cover is finally creeping southward though still well behind the normals for this time of year with the exception of northern Europe. Multiple snow storms have swept through Germany, Austria and northern Asia. Most of the area above the 45th parallel has snow on the ground.
Next are the WXBell predictions for snowfall through Sunday. Nothing to get excited about for Michiganders, but still it is nice to see some white covering the ground.
The Arctic Oscillation still remains neutral and is predicted to remain that way through next week. Normal temps for this time of year are around freezing and I believe we will average above normal temp wise through the next ten days with near normal precipitation. As we get into the latter part of the month we may see the first of the effects of the AO turning negative forcing true winter back into the eastern U.S.. There is still a dispute between the models where winter weather will set up during this event, at this point the northeast coast states and northern Appalachians will be the favored areas for heavy snow – whether this propagates further westward remains to be seen, however we may still see some real winter in the Great Lakes area towards the end of the month on into February. I still hold true to my disclaimer in regards to long range forecasting past five days – multiple things have to fall into place which are hard to predict with a whole lot of accuracy.
We may still see a few snow showers along the lakeshore today and temps will remain cold in the mid 20s. The cool air will hang around through early next week before we get above freezing again. Any snow that falls will be along and south of I94 from a system passing through the Ohio Valley on Saturday. As usual we may be entering another Blah pattern for next week…..
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