December 9, 2016 – 1:105 pm update – The snow came generally as forecast and it continues to snow. It’s a fluffy lake effect snow. And accumulations will vary greatly from one area to the next. Some groomers out doing initial rolling in the U.P. – Best snow totals were in the Western U.P., the Keweenaw Peninsula and Lake Superior snow belts of the Eastern U.P. and Central U.P. – Limited riding opportunities in those areas with ungroomed trails and early-season conditions.
Northern Lower Michigan also received lake effect snow in the northwestern snow belts. Generally 3 to 5 inches with some 12+ totals in isolated areas such as Kalkaska. Very limited riding opportunities in Northern Lower Michigan with a thin base and fluffy snow.
More snow and cold weather in the forecast so conditions should improve daily…
December 8, 2016 – 6:15 pm update – The snow has started and is forecast to continue. Areas of the Western U.P. picked up moderate amounts of snow with reports of 5 to 8 inches. The Lake Superior snow belts also picked up light to moderate amounts of snow. Northern Lower Michigan received generally 2 to 5 inches of snow overnight in the northwest snow belts. IT’S A START. More lake effect snow in the forecast for Thursday night with some heavy totals – 12+ inches – forecast in some areas.
Just remember, the groomers will not have any time before the weekend to set up a good base, so any riding this weekend is likely to be poor-to-fair with early season challenges.